Oakland, California police say that two gang members have been arrested and charged with murder after killing a 66-year-old woman who was trying to protect her neighborhood.
Judy Salamon was a well respected pet sitter and dog lover who wanted to keep her neighborhood safe, so when she noticed 22-year-old Stephon Lee and 21-year-old Mario Floyd committing a potential burglary in her neighborhood, she took out her cell phone to record it.
After capturing footage of the two suspects, Salamon decided to follow them in her car. The two suspects, who appeared to have already noticed Salamon taking video prior to the shooting, fatally shot her and took her cell phone before fleeing the scene. After Salamon was shot, she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a parked car along the side of the road. The brutal murder happened during the afternoon on July 24.
Now, with Lee and Floyd in jail, Oakland police are warning citizens not to tape or follow anybody they see committing a crime.
"[Salamon] was a brave lady but she should have called 911,” said Oakland police Sgt. Mike Gantt. "We want you to be vigilant, but we don't want you to be a vigilante," he said. "That's what we're here for. We're here to protect the citizens of Oakland. If you witness a crime, please call 911. We don't want you to follow behind these suspects, because anything may happen to you."
In addition to the murder charges both men are facing, police have also charged them for weapons offenses. According to reports, police already knew that the two men were involved in gang-related activities before the brutal murder of Salamon.