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NY officials: Shooting death of mentally ill woman "tragic"

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 00:53

Officials are investigating whether the use of lethal force against a 66-year-old mentally ill woman who came at a police sergeant with a baseball bat was necessary. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A New York City police sergeant fatally shot a 66-year-old woman who charged him with a baseball bat at her apartment on Tuesday, prompting an investigation that will look into why he did not use a Taser instead, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It follows a string of incidents that have put law enforcement across the country under heightened scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against minorities and the mentally ill. Police on Tuesday evening received an emergency call of an emotionally disturbed person at an apartment building in the Bronx, where the woman's neighbor complained she was acting irrationally, officials said. The sergeant entered the woman's apartment and found her clutching scissors in a bedroom, Nikunen said at a news conference. The sergeant talked to the woman, convincing her to put down the scissors, but she charged toward him while picking up a baseball bat. The New York Police Department is investigating and will look into why the sergeant did not use a Taser against the woman instead of opening fire.

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NY officials: Shooting death of mentally ill woman "tragic"

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 00:53