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Woman dies after being shot by Long Beach police officer as she attacked man

March 17, 2011 | 10:41 pm

A woman who was shot by a Long Beach police officer Thursday as she attacked a man has died, authorities said.

Neither the man nor the woman has been identified. The man remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

The shooting occurred about 2:50 p.m. in the 3100 block of Pine Avenue, said department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. An officer responding to a report of a person screaming saw the woman attacking the man with a sharp object.

“The officer immediately ordered the woman to drop the sharp object, but she continued in her attack,” Pratt said. “The officer then deployed a Taser, which was ineffective. At that point, the officer-involved shooting occurred."

A preliminary investigation has revealed that the woman feared that the man was going to harm the couple's children and was attempting to protect them, authorities said late Thursday.

When the officer arrived at the scene, the woman was slashing the man in the head and neck with the sharp object. When the woman advanced toward the officer with the sharp object in hand, she was shot several times.

Authorities said the couple were not married but lived in a residence with two children, both of whom were unharmed. The children were being relocated by the Department of Children and Family Services.

In addition to the ongoing Police Department investigation, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is also conducting an independent investigation, which is routine for all officer-involved shootings.


Woman shot, wounded by Long Beach police as she allegedly attacked man

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