LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An investigation was underway Monday into the fatal shooting of a woman with a knife by two Los Angeles police officers in the Central City area.
Norma Guzman, 37, died at a hospital following the officer-involved shooting at 22nd and South San Pedro streets at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to 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, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.
“An officer-involved shooting occurred and a knife was recovered at the scene,” Lopez 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.
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