- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) - Police in an East Texas city have released a letter they said was written by a teenager shot to death by police in the department lobby.

Longview police say 17-year-old Kristiana Joy Coignard was carrying the note when she died Jan. 22. In an incident caught on tape, Coignard struggled with one officer who tried to subdue her. She eventually broke loose and is seen on tape charging at the officer before they shoot her.

In the note posted online by the Longview News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1y9cVUw ), Coignard wrote, “I’m mentally ill and so by removing myself from society, I am doing everyone a favor.”

A police spokeswoman said Thursday that the note was released as part of autopsy results.

An assistant for Coignard’s father’s attorney said he had no comment.



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