Community activists on Thursday demanded information about Wednesday’s fatal officer-involved shooting in the Crenshaw District of a woman allegedly armed with a knife.
At a press conference this morning near the shooting scene, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said the department should quickly determine and answer why the shooting happened and if other tactics could have been deployed.
“Make this a high-priority investigation. Answer some of the questions people have about the shooting,” Hutchinson said, according to NBC4.
The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was shot after officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of Santa Rosalia Drive on a robbery report, according to the Los Angeles Police Department‘s media relations office.
Around 2 p.m., officers saw a woman matching the description of the suspect in an alley west of Marlton Avenue, said LAPD Officer Nuria Vanegas.
“Officers tried to detain the female, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred,” she said, adding that a Taser was deployed before the shooting and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers said a knife was recovered at the scene.
No officers were injured, Vanegas said.
Courtyana Franklin, who says she witnessed the shooting, told NBC4 that she saw the woman running from police in the alley.
— City News Service