Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There is new insight today into the mind Katherine Marie Gordon, the woman shot and killed by a Golden Valley Police officer on Interstate 394 last week.
Gordon was shot and killed during a traffic stop last Thursday at I-394 and Hopkins Crossroad. She reportedly pulled a gun after Officer Rob Zarett pulled her over.
Many questions remain about what happened that day. We now know that almost two months before she was killed, Gordon asked Edina police for help.
A brief report reveals that Gordon went to Edina police on July 26 saying she needed to be locked up because she was suicidal, and was a threat not only to herself but to others.
The report said Gordon told police the spirit of the devil or Satan was inside of her and that she needed to be locked up.The report also said Edina police took Gordon to Fairview Southdale Hospital. Hospital officials did not have any comment on her treatment.
Here is Gordon’s police report from when she turned herself into Edina Police.
We showed the report to Charmaine Schodde, who roomed with Gordon for about a year in 2010.
“Because of divorce, financial issues and not being able to find a job she was down, depressed,” said Schodde.
The police report detailing a woman hearing voices and saying she needed to be locked up is not the Katherine she knew, Schodde said.
“I don’t want people to go and think that Katherine was this psycho crazy woman who had lots of mental issues. She was really a normal person,” Schodde said.
The references to Satan in the police report also do not add up for Schodde.
“She was a strong Christian woman. She read her Bible every day,” said Schodde.
Schodde said Gordon had wanted to move to Minnesota but hadn’t been able to find a job and couldn’t get medical insurance.
“She couldn’t get sufficient psychological health care here in Minnesota,” said Schodde.
Schodde thought Gordon had moved back to California in early July, and that was the last time she heard from Gordon until the shocking news of the shooting.
Golden Valley Police have identified the officer who shot Gordon as Rob Zarett.
In 2005, officer Zarrett was the subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit after he tasered and handcuffed a Plymouth woman during a traffic stop. That woman won a $200,000 settlement as a result of that lawsuit.
Zarrett remains on paid administrative leave in the aftermath of Gordon’s shooting death, something that is considered routine procedure.