Police gun down 83-year-old who called 911 to report a burglary

Delma Towler 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A woman was tragically killed after she called 911 to get help, according to reports.

A police officer shot and killed the 83-year-old woman in her own backyard.

Delma Towler called 911 to report a robbery, but when police arrived, one officer killed her outside her home in Altavista, Virginia.

"This is not over yet. I'll get some justice because our mother did not deserve to die like that, to be gunned down like an animal or a criminal," her daughter Linda Towler said.

Towler had never fired her gun before that night. She fired a warning shot through the window to scare the thief away.

Then she started to walk through her yard to the house of her sister. She grabbed the gun to protect herself from the intruder not the police, her family claimed.

“Police heard gunshots from inside the residence. When officers took cover, they saw a woman armed with a gun leaving the back of the house,” according to a statement released by the Virginia State Police.

The two officers who responded said that Towler fired her weapon after she refused to put her gun
down. The woman apparently did not have her glasses or hearing aids at the time of the shooting.

The police statement also alleges that Towler pointed her gun at the officers.

"Mom's not going to hurt any police or anyone else. She was a good Christian and she would not hurt anyone," her son Barbour said.

The officer who killed Towler is currently on administrative leave.

"If I have to spend every dime, someone is going to pay," Langford said. "They took away my mom."