Post link 30 January 2015, 6:05
Posted: January 25, 2015

Kristiana Coignard: Teen Girl Walks Into Police Station, Cops Shoot Her Dead — What Happened?

Kristiana Coignard police shoot
Kristiana Coignard, a 17-year-old girl who until recently had been a high school student in Longview, Texas, walked into the Longview Police Station at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. She picked up the courtesy phone for after-hours visitors and asked to speak to an officer. Moments later, she was dead — shot “multiple times” by police.

But why? Three officers have been placed on paid leave by the Longview Police Department in connection with the shooting that killed Kristiana before her life had a chance to begin. What led them to open fire on the lone teenage girl remains unclear.

UPDATE January 28: Surveillance video of the Kristiana Coignard killing has now been released. The full video may be viewed at this link.

According to police, when the officers went out to the lobby in the police station located at 302 West Cotton Street, in the East Texas city of about 80,000, Coignard “came at” the officers with some sort of weapon.

Neither Longview police nor the Texas Rangers, who are now in charge of investigating the fatal shooting, would say what the alleged weapon actually was. But Longview Mayor Jay Dean described the slain teen as “a female wielding a knife.”

“When police arrived to assist her, that’s when she confronted them,” said police spokesperson Kristie Brian, quoted in the Longview News-Journal newspaper. “She did brandish a weapon. I don’t know what kind it was. She came at the officers and was shot.”

Calls made from the lobby courtesy phone are recorded, just like 911 emergency calls, but police have not released the recording of Coignard’s brief call from the lobby, nor have they commented on what the teen said during the call, except that she said she needed to see a police officer.

Longview Police say they do not even know how Coignard got to the police station. Did she walk? Take public transportation? Did someone drive her and drop her off? There are no answers yet known publicly.

Also a mystery is why the teen, a former student in Longview’s Pine Tree Independent School District, would have attacked the officers with some sort of knife or other weapon.

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Equally puzzling is why three police officers believed that they could not defend themselves against a lone teenage girl, who was apparently not armed with a gun, without shooting her dead.

Little is known so far about Kristiana Coignard herself. The Pine Tree ISD confirmed that she was a student there as recently as 2013, but did not say whether she had graduated high school or not.

Her Facebook page reveals little about the teen, but does contain a haunting final posting, made on January 12, of what appears to be a stock image of a young girl and boy stepping through a circular portal into the heavens.
Kristiana Coignard Facebook

Kristiana Coignard also posted an image of clouds opening above an Egyptian pyramid, with the inscription, “We are in this world, but not of it,” as well as an illustration of a stereotypical extraterrestrial alien. Both images appeared to have been reposted from elsewhere on the internet.

The investigation into why police felt they had to shoot 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard remains ongoing.

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