Phoenix police shoot, kill knife-wielding woman

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on September 20, 2009 at 5:43 PM

PHOENIX -- Police have identified the knife-wielding woman who was shot and killed by a Phoenix police officer Saturday.

Investigators say Katherine Hysaw got into a fight with her neighbors and threatened them with a butcher knife. Officers were called out after Hysaw stabbed a neighbor's door, said Sgt. Andy Hill of the Phoenix Police Department.

It all happened Saturday afternoon near 19th Avenue and Maryland.

By the time officers arrived on the scene, Hysaw, 32, had barricaded herself inside her apartment, Hill said.

Police tried to talk her out, but she refused and told them she was turning on the gas in the apartment. The Special Assignments Unit was called in, and gas to the building was shut off as a precaution.

The officers were able to break through the door. Hill said Hysaw threw glass beer bottles at the officers, hitting two of them.

Officers tried using a Taser to subdue Hysaw, but missed.

Hill said Hysaw went after one of the officers with her butcher knife, striking him repeatedly in the neck and upper chest. His protective gear kept him from being injured.

That officer fired two rubber bullets at Hysaw, but that didn't stem the attack.

Another officer, a 27-year veteran of the police force, ended up firing his rifle twice, hitting and killing Hysaw.

The names of the officers involved in the incident have not been released.

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