LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– The woman carjacked at a west Little Rock fast food restaurant Wednesday is sharing her account of what happened moments before a police officer shot the suspect.
LRPD released said Rudy Avila, 23, was caught shoplifting from the Home Depot at Markham and Chenal. They said when police escorted him to the patrol car, Avila escaped from both officers and the handcuffs.
Police said he then carjacked Adrian Harris, 23, who was in the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A. They said the suspect started to drive away towards Officer Ralph Breshears.
The 26 year LRPD Veteran feared for his life and opened fire hitting Avila in the arm, according to police.
LRPD said Avila is in the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
“You don’t have to worry about me going to anymore drive thrus,” Harris said.
Harris still wore her hospital bracelet Thursday evening.
“As long as I have my life I’m good,” she said while sitting on her couch.
“Normally I raise my window and lock the doors but for some reason the line is moving fast so I’m like I’m just going to get my money,” Harris said.
The 23-year-old described the next thing that happened on a lunch break she will never forget.
“He was like, ‘get out of the car’ and I was like… I thought it was a joke. So, I said ‘no I’m not getting out the car,'” Harris said.
When she saw he had handcuffs on, she said reality struck her.
“I said to myself ‘oh this is real. This is real life. This is not a test.’ I end up getting out the car,” Harris said.
She said she thought about grabbing her wallet because she had just replaced everything in it last month when someone broke into her car.
Harris continued, “As I was getting out of the car I guess I was moving too slow.”
She said he yanked her and she fell and hit her head on the concrete. She said it happened so fast, her instinct kicked in.
“All I could do was think about like am I going to be able to see my child? Is he going to harm me? Is he going to shoot me or am I going to harm him? It was just a lot of thoughts,” Harris said.
She said she thought about getting home safely to her 1-year-old daughter. At first she said she did not know who fired the shot.
“And I realized it wasn’t [the carjacker] shooting, and I see the police shoot at him. I’m like OK. I’m just gonna get far away from this,” Harris said.
Now this 23-year-old said she is dealing with having her wallet stolen last month and now her car damaged this month.
She said, “So I’m just fighting with that already so for this to happen… it’s whatever.”
Harris said she will take it day by day. She said she has had a lot of support from family and friends and that has helped her get through this trauma. She said she even went to work Thursday.
“Yeah I can’t do anything about my car at the moment. I’m trying to figure out things and take it step-by-step each day so I can get myself back together,” Harris said.
She said she had some headaches and is sore after everything, but she was thankful no one died and no one was seriously injured.