Davis — who had eight arrests on her rap sheet, sources said — ran a series of red lights along Church Ave. and crossed a double yellow line to pass cars at E. 38th St., where she smacked into the minivan, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
As the two cops approached the Camry, they saw Davis slide over to the passenger side, where the seat had been stripped out, and try to open the door.
One officer, who has been on the force six years, got hit by the door and was thrown backward, Browne said. Davis then got back in the driver’s seat, put the car in reverse and hit the gas, police said.
Simultaneously, another cop, identifed by sources as Detective Phillip Atkins, 44, was entering the driver’s side of the Camry, with his gun in hand.
“He’s attempting with the other hand to shift the gear into park,” Browne said.
“When she’s hitting the gas, a single round was discharged from his firearm, striking the woman in the chest.”
Browne said it was too soon to say whether the detective, who has 12 years on the force, meant to pull the trigger or if it was an accident.
Witnesses described a scene of chaos before the shooting.
“ ‘I don't want to be killed! Don’t kill me!’ ” the woman yelled, McKenzie added.
“The next thing I saw was the police officer took his gun out and fired a shot,” she said.
Davis died at Kings County Hospital. Councilman Jumaane Williams broke the news to her family.
Davis, who was identified by family members, was due in court Friday on a kidnapping and attempted murder case stemming from a May 2011 attack.
This is like a bad dream,” said cousin Stephanie Gilmer, 40, who called Davis a “sweetie pie.”
Mike Palladino, head of NYPD detectives union, backed Atkins, who had never fired his gun in the line of duty.
By Rocco Parascandola, Sarah Armaghan AND Kerry Burke / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS