Woman who swung ax, charged with knife killed by Fresno police officer
A 33-year-old woman was shot to death early Saturday by a Fresno police officer after she apparently charged at him with a knife, police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Officers were called just before 9 a.m. to investigate some type of domestic disturbance between the woman and her husband at their home in the area of Stanislaus and B streets in Fresno.
The call came in from the husband saying “she’s trying to kill me” and then the phone disconnected, Dyer told reporters outside the home.
When officers arrived, the husband told them his wife, whose name was not released, was barricaded in a second-story bedroom with a knife and had made comments about killing herself.
Two officers tried to get the woman to open the door but she refused.
The door was slightly opened by officers when they saw her holding a large ax, Dyer said.
The officers called backup and a crisis negotiator, moving away as they closed the door and were heading back down the stairs when the woman apparently swung the ax, striking the door. She then opened the door and charged at an officer while holding a knife.
The officer, whose name also was not released, opened fire but the number of shots fired remained unclear. However, Dyer said there were several shots fired within a second.
She was about four feet away from the officer and did not have much room to go other than go back down the stairwell, Dyer said.
Dyer said the woman’s husband told police she had a “mental challenge” and officers believe she was emotionally unstable.
Body-cameras captured the incident and were reviewed by investigators, Dyer said.
The officer involved in the shooting came from Oakland and has been with Fresno Police about eighteen months or less, Dyer said. He was placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.