More details emerge about South L.A. woman killed in confrontation with police
A woman fatally shot by police after being suspected of shooting at her relatives has been identified, authorities said Thursday.
Brenda Williams, 56, of South Los Angeles, died Wednesday from wounds suffered when she was struck by bullets fired by three officers responding to a “shooting in progress” report, police said.
Family members said Williams was deaf and would not have heard police commands to drop the weapon she was holding, according to a KABC-TV Channel 7 report.
Police were not immediately able to respond to the claim that the woman was deaf. But an investigation of the incident is underway.
According to police, officers who arrived in the neighborhood at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday first interviewed witnesses who claimed Williams “had attempted to shoot her two grandchildren and her adult daughter.” No family members were injured.
The officers drove down the street toward Williams.
“The officers then saw the suspect point her weapon at a neighbor across the street,” according to a police news release. “Three officers fired their weapons at the suspect, striking her multiple times in the upper torso.”
A police spokesman also could not immediately clarify whether officers called out to Williams to drop her weapon or if they fired immediately over concern that a bystander was at risk.
-- Howard Blume
Photo: Scene outside the home. KTLA News