NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police shot and killed a woman who confronted them with scissors and a baseball bat, police said.
It happened inside an apartment in the Bronx on Tuesday evening.
Officers responding to a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed person encountered the 66-year-old woman holding scissors in a bedroom, police said.
A sergeant persuaded the woman to drop the scissors. Police said after she put down the scissors she grabbed a baseball bat and tried to strike the sergeant, who fired two shots from his revolver and hit her in the torso.
The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Maria Nevins, a 63-year-old bystander who was walking by the building, saw the woman being wheeled out on a stretcher.
“They were giving her CPR trying to bring her back but she was purple already,” Nevins told the Daily News.
The New York Police Department said it will conduct a full investigation into the incident.
“The sergeant was armed with a Taser. It was not deployed, and the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation and review,” said Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen.