The family of the woman who was shot by a Dallas police officer after she opened fire at the Love Field airport said on Sunday that neither police nor the hospital had informed them of her medical condition since the shooting nearly a week ago. past.
Portia Odufuwa, 37, was shot multiple times in her “lower limbs” around 11 a.m. on July 25, after police claimed she had shot at the airport ceiling and the officer. She was taken to hospital where she underwent surgery, police said.
Portia Timmons, Odufuwa’s mother, said: The Dallas Morning News in a text that she doesn’t know her daughter’s “true condition.”
Odufuwa’s brother, Ingrid Jackson, said in text messages that the hospital has not communicated with the family about her care.
“The answer we keep getting is vague,” Jackson said.
Dallas police said Odufuwa was stable as of Sunday afternoon, but they did not release further details. Officials from Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Odufuwa was taken after she was shot, could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Odufuwa is charged with aggravated assault against an official in connection with the shooting. No information on bonds or prisons was available on Sunday. Her family said she doesn’t have a lawyer yet.
Police said Odufuwa was dropped off at the airport and walked into a nearby bathroom. She emerged and approached the Southwest Airlines ticket counter, where witnesses heard her make comments about her “husband,” who she said is famed singer Chris Brown.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie García said at a news conference that Odufuwa stated she had to make an announcement. According to an affidavit of an arrest warrant, she then shouted: “I’m going to blow this up” [expletive] upwards.”
“The family is aware of the charges,” Timmons said in a statement. “But we will [sic] would like to make it clear that Portia Odufuwa has support from her family.”
Odufuwa has a history of arrests and some charges against her were dismissed after she was found incompetent to stand trial, according to court records.
It’s unclear what mental health diagnoses Odufuwa had that rendered her incompetent, but Timmons’ earlier written on a protection warrant application in September 2020 that Odufuwa was not taking her medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Timmons wrote at the time that she feared for her life.
A judge in Collin County did not grant the protection order. It was not clear what evidence was presented other than the application.
“Portia…has struggle [sic] with this mental state for a period of time,” Jackson said in a text message. “We have questions [sic] several times to the judge for help. even ask [sic] for the courts to get us over her so we can control Portia, but the courts gave us… push back.”
In a 2019 Mesquite arson case, officers found that Odufuwa saw a house she previously lived in on fire. Odufuwa told police she set the house on fire, saying: “I am God’s prophet and I need a lawyer, but I am letting you all know that I am the cause of this fire,” according to an affidavit of an arrest warrant . .
Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said last week that his office asked a judge to drop the case because there was no scientific evidence linking her to the fire.
Odufuwa was charged with robbing a bank in Wylie in April 2019. She was found incompetent to stand trial and underwent both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment. The case was eventually dropped, court records show.
Defendants who are found to be incompetent, meaning unable to assist in their own defense or identify courtroom participants such as the judge, may undergo counseling and sometimes medication to help them regain their competence.
Other charges against her in recent years include criminal offense and false reporting. According to court records, she was found to be incompetent in the false declaration case.