Mountain View, Missouri police Officer Israel Guidry was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action in connection with the September 2019 shooting death of Angela Perkins. These charges were brought in June 2020, just weeks after the death of George Floyd and the riots that followed.
On September 29, 2019, Officer Israel Guidry of the Mountain View, MO Police Department attempted to stop a suspected drunk driver (Ford F-150 pickup) being driving on Route 17 in Mountain View. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield when Guidry activated his emergency lights. The fleeing driver began driving in an increasingly erratic manner and after turning onto several different roads, Guidry briefly lost sight of the truck.
A few moments later, Guidry found the truck he had been pursuing, sitting in a ditch along Route 3080. The vehicle appeared to have been involved in a crash. Guidry stopped his patrol vehicle and walked toward the truck to check on the driver. As he approached, the driver was revving the engine and appeared to be trying to the truck freed from the ditch it lay in.
The driver was able to free the truck from the ditch and backed into a residential driveway. The driver then accelerated directly toward Guidry in an apparent attempt to run over him.
Guidry discharged his firearm five times as the truck drove toward and, ultimately, past him. After the truck passed him, it continued down Route 3080 and crashed again, this time winding up on its side.
Guidry drove his patrol car to the crash scene and requested assistance via his police radio. With the assistance of a responding back-up officer, Guidry was able to remove the windshield and remove the driver from the vehicle and administered first aid.
The driver had been shot during the assault on Guidry. She was later pronounced dead. An autopsy determined that Perkins had been shot one time, with an entry in her right-lower back. The driver also had a high level of methamphetamine and amphetamine in her blood.
Within the truck, investigators recovered a Heritage Arms .22 revolver, 12 grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia used to smoke crystal methamphetamine.
Israel is a veteran of the United States Army and a dedicated law enforcement officer. He is a married father of six and grandfather of four.
UPDATE: Charges for Officer Israel Guidry have been dismissed by the prosecutor. Thanks to our donors, Israel was able to receive outstanding legal representation. Now he can begin rebuilding his life and career. He hopes to resume his law enforcement career soon.