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

A woman holding a sharp object was shot and critically wounded Thursday by a Long Beach Police Department officer after a Taser failed to stop her from attacking a man, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 2:50 p.m. in the 3100 block of Pine Avenue, a few minutes after the officer responded to a report of a person screaming, police department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said.

“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.

“Both the male victim and the female suspect were transported to a local hospital,” Pratt added. “The male was listed in critical condition. The female was listed in extremely critical condition.”

Authorities were unable to provide details about the identity of the individuals involved or their relationship.

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Comments () | Archives (5)

How long before the family climbs out of the woodwork and calls this an unjustified, racially motivated shooting, in spite of all evidence to the contrary?

Well there goes the theory of so many of the armed chair experts out there.

Tasers and beanbag shotguns are not the answer.

Sharp object, huh? Nail file?

The cops actually killed her. critically wounded is a joke. and why did the taser fail? Couldnt they have shot her in the leg to take her down? I saw in another article they are saying "she was shot an unknown amount of times" count the bullets you pull out of her body. this is a tragedy all around. she has two babies, how do you explain to them that mommy's not coming home? Please have some respect with your comments. You never know who is reading, a friend like me, or her family. No one knows her story or why she was stabbing him, please don't be so quick to pass judgement.

I have read many different versions and can't seem to get a firm understanding of what went on. I know the family and she will be missed. Much like I was brought up without a parent, her kids will miss their mother.

Was it self defense? We may never know.

Why did the taser fail? Was it misused? Like the police would admit to that.


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