DATE / LOCATION: Sunday, September 13, 2020, in the 800 block of Franklin Street, Reading
SUSPECT: Lakim J. Miller-Nock, 29, of Reading, prefers to be known as Roxanne Moore
Lakim J. Miller-Nock (prefers Roxanne Moore)
Details of the Incident
On September 13, 2020, Berks County Detectives responded to an officer-involved shooting. The Investigative team conducted an exhaustive neighborhood canvass, including interviews with police officers, residents and motorists and have identified three victims. Detectives reviewed footage from the city’s video surveillance units, a Reading Housing Authority camera and the officers’ body cameras. In the footage, the suspect is seen pointing what appears to be a handgun at one of the victims prior to police arrival, in the direction of an approaching police vehicle and then at the first officer on the scene. Detectives also served a search warrant at the apartment of Victim #3 where the original altercation occurred.
Officers fired a total of 16 shots and the suspect was struck multiple times. She remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition. The suspect identifies as a female and prefers to be known as Roxanne Moore.
During the investigation, Detectives learned the following:
On September 13, 2020, at approximately 7 a.m. the suspect got into an argument with others inside the apartment in the 800 block of Franklin Street. She then started a small fire on the stove, which lead to an altercation with the other occupants. That altercation ended with the suspect forcefully stealing a handgun from Victim #1.
Video surveillance camera footage from the 800 block of Franklin Street shows the suspect leaving the apartment at about 7:05 a.m. and waving what appears to be a handgun in the air. She was wearing red shorts and what appears to be a white sports bra.
The footage shows the suspect walking toward South 8th and Franklin Streets and into the first block of South 8th Street. She was then seen pistol whipping a man, Victim #2, with the firearm. The suspect chased Victim #2 to the corner of South 8th and Franklin Streets and was seen with her right arm fully extended and pointing what appears to be a handgun at the man. Victim #2 was able to avoid the suspect and flees.
As this confrontation was occurring, the Berks Department of Emergency Services received a 911 call at 7:08 a.m. reporting, “Shots Fired.” The caller, Victim #3, told investigators that the suspect threatened to shoot and kill her.
Reading police officers arrived at the scene around 7:11 a.m. Security footage showed the suspect looking up 8th Street and then running through the crosswalk with her left arm fully extended. She appeared to be pointing a gun up the street in the direction of an arriving marked police vehicle. The suspect continued to run up the sidewalk in the 800 block of Franklin Street, then stumbled and fell in front of 804 Franklin Street.
The officer drew his departmental issued firearm as he exited his vehicle and ran toward the suspect in the 800 block of Franklin Street. At least one witness and the officer told investigators the suspect pointed the gun at the approaching officer.
In the officer’s body cam footage, he was heard commanding the suspect to drop the gun multiple times before firing at the suspect. He then gave another command to drop the firearm before firing a second time. The officer gave yet another “Drop it” command as two other officers arrived on scene and also fired shots.
Once the officers realized the suspect was wounded, they ceased fire, moved toward her, yelled for her to put her hands up. The officers encountered the suspect lying in the street between two vehicles and found a handgun on the sidewalk within close proximity to the suspect.
The officers requested EMS emergency response and began to administer life-saving procedures. The suspect was conscious throughout and talking to the officers until EMS arrives.
The firearm recovered from the scene was a loaded Smith & Wesson, .38 caliber five-shot chrome revolver with a brown handle. The cylinder contained five cartridges, but the revolver had a safety mechanism engaged that could only be released with a separate key and therefore was incapable of being fired.
District Attorney John T. Adams has found that the shooting was a reasonable use of force justified under the law. The Berks County Detective’s Office is expected to file criminal charges, including aggravated assault and robbery, against the suspect once she is medically cleared and discharged from the hospital.
The District Attorney’s office released several stills from security footage on September 23, 2020, and will release the full body camera footage to the suspect’s attorney. However, the footage will not be released to the public at this time since this is an open investigation and the footage could affect the suspect’s right to a fair and impartial trial.
This is an on-going investigation. If anyone has any information or witnessed any of the events which took place in the area of South 8th & Franklin Streets on Sunday morning, September 13, 2020, please contact the Berks County Detectives at 610-478-7171.