Investigations were underway Monday into the fatal shooting of a knife-carrying woman by two Los Angeles Police officers in the Central City area.
The officer-involved shooting happened at 22nd and South San Pedro streets around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Norma Guzman, 37, died at a hospital, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
Officers from the LAPD’s Newton Station responded to call reporting a woman armed with some sort of a blade, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.
“An officer-involved shooting occurred and a knife was recovered at the scene,” Lopez said.
The two officers who confronted the woman were described as a “training officer” and a “probationary officer,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Our understanding is that both officers discharged their weapons,” police Sgt. Frank Preciado told The Times. The officers were wearing body cameras and the video from those cameras will be downloaded and examined as part of the investigation. There is also additional video footage taken from a security camera in the area that will be looked at, Preciado said.
The officer-involved shooting was being investigated by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division and Inspector General’s office, Lopez said. It was also being investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division shooting team.
The Newton Station is one of the first LAPD divisions where body cameras have been issued to officers. Lopez said both officers’ body cams “have been collected by the Force Investigation Division investigators, and will be analyzed for evidence.”
Asked whether the woman who was fatally shot attacked the officers with her knife, Lopez said that is an issue the Force Investigation unit would determine. Lopez didn’t know how many rounds were used, and there was no immediate report on whether the officers attempted non-lethal methods to overpower the woman.
—City News Service