Woman who swung ax, charged with knife killed by Fresno po­lice of­fi­cer

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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.

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