Ex-wife of double amputee shot dead by cops says ‘he was not a threat’
‘He was NOT a threat’: Ex-wife of knife-wielding double amputee shot dead by cops says he was ‘helpless’ and ‘couldn’t do anything’ when he jumped off his wheelchair and tried to flee on his stumps
The former wife of the double amputee gunned down by cops in California last week said watching the harrowing footage of his death ‘broke me.’ Myissha Simpson-Lowe (pictured left), 39, was married to Anthony Lowe (pictured center), 36, until July 2021 when she filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
But the mom-of-two told DailyMail.com the pair had remained friends after their split and she now wants justice for Lowe – who she said was struggling to come to terms with the recent amputation of his legs when he was killed last Thursday. ‘Seeing the video broke me. I’m sorry… He was helpless. He was not a threat. He couldn’t do anything. He was trying to get away,’ she said in an exclusive interview.
Simpson-Lowe added: ‘I just want justice, please. The whole matter of fact is this is a man who is the size of a child, basically. What threat was that? What threat was that? For them to do anything, it could have been done in a non-lethal way. What happened to rubber bullets? What happened to the beanbags they used to shoot? Bullets? That wasn’t necessary. I would like to see those cops prosecuted.’
Lowe (pictured), who was wheelchair-bound after losing both his legs, was killed in a hail of 10 bullets in Huntington Park, California, last Thursday. He was unemployed and living in South Central Los Angeles with his mother Dorothy, 53, at the time of his death.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the incident, said Huntington Park Police were called to reports of a stabbing on the 2400 block of Slauson Avenue at 3:40pm. When cops arrived, they found a man suffering from stab wounds to the chest – the unnamed victim remains hospitalized.
They discovered Lowe a few blocks away, sitting in his wheelchair, but say he produced a 12-inch butcher’s knife and allegedly attempted to throw it at them when they tried to arrest him. Police said they then made several attempts to tase him but opened fire when he tried hurling the knife at them a second time.
An investigation into his death has already been completed by the LA Medical Examiner, with the manner of Lowe’s death listed as homicide, while the place of death reads, simply, ‘sidewalk.’ Lowe did not have a criminal record in Los Angeles County but was known to police having been arrested on a 2007 warrant for robbery and petty theft on April 20 2021. The charges were all dismissed after a preliminary hearing two weeks later on May 4.
Myissha, who met Lowe in 2005 via mutual friends, described the man she was instantly ‘in awe of’ as ‘the kindest spirit.’ The couple went on to marry in 2011 and welcomed their now 15-year-old daughter Ar’Rian in 2005 but separated in 2017. Pictured: Lowe was carrying a large knife which the cops say he had just used to stab someone.
She said: ‘He was the kindest spirit who would do anything for anyone that it was in his power to do. He was loving [to Ar’Rian]. There whenever she needed to talk and whenever she needed her father.’ She added: ‘We were still friends. We still talked. If he needed me I was there and vice versa. It’s just there was nothing legal. He was still there though.’ But the mom-of-two also told how Lowe had been struggling in recent months, after losing his legs following what his older sister Yatoya Toy, 38, described, during an interview with the LA Times, as an altercation with police in Texas.
Myissha (pictured) said she does not know the circumstances of the incident but confirmed it happened in late 2022 and that Lowe had been trying to come to terms with his life-changing injuries. She told DailyMail.com that he had not been having a ‘mental health crisis’ as previously reported, but had been working on ‘starting over’ as an amputee. ‘That’s not what they were saying – what they were saying is if you lose your legs, you’re going through something,’ she said. ‘You have to try to get everything back to how you can function daily but without legs. That’s tough for anybody. That’s a huge challenge for anybody. That’s just a challenge for anybody, having to basically start over.’
Myissha (pictured), who works as a dispatcher for school bus company First Student Group America, says her focus is now on supporting Ar’Rian as she mourns the loss of her father. She said the teenager has seen the video of her father being gunned down and is ‘devastated’ by the loss of the man she spent much of her time with. Myissha said: ‘It’s very hard. This is not something you would want your child to go through, not at such an early age. Him being 36 and her being 15. That’s not something any child would want to go through. Not right now.’
The brave mom added: ‘It is difficult. But I have got be strong for my daughter. Right now I’m her voice, ask how she’s feeling and let everyone know that. She’s hurting too. Not just everybody else, she is too.’ Lt. Hugo Reynaga of the LA County Sheriff’s Office said the cops involved had been placed on leave ‘for a few days’ but that no official disciplinary action had been taken. The officers involved have not been identified. The incident comes three weeks after unarmed 29-year-old Tyre Nichols was beaten to death by a different group of police officers in Memphis, Tennessee. Pictured: Family and friends of Anthony Lowe Jr hold a news conference to demand an investigation into his death outside of the Huntington Park Police Department on Monday.
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