LEMOORE — After both a Taser and a canine didn’t stop a knife-wielding woman, Lemoore Police Department officials said officers shot the suspect and now the Kings County Critical Incident Team is conducting an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
On Saturday around 7 p.m., Lemoore police officers said they responded to the 800 block of Vine Street for a welfare check call that involved the theft of a phone.
Officers said the woman was gone when they arrived, but soon learned the suspect is the ex-girlfriend of the person who reported the missing cell phone.
A few minutes later, the woman drove back to the address while officers were still in the area. Police said they tried to stop her vehicle, but were unsuccessful and they began to chase her.
Authorities said the pursuit continued along several surface roads, ultimately traveling on Highway 198 and returning to the original location of the call where the woman got out of the car and ran.
The woman, who officials said was armed with a large butcher knife, ran toward the victim, holding the weapon in a threatening manner.
Officers said they gave numerous commands to the woman to drop the knife, but she did not. At this point, officers said both a Taser and police canine were deployed but were ineffective at deterring the woman.
Officers said they believed the victim's life was in imminent danger so an officer shot and wounded the suspect.
The suspect was airlifted to a local hospital where she is being treated, authorities said. One officer sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
Officials said the investigation remains active and once completed will be turned over to Kings County District Attorney’s Office for review, as is customary for all officer involved shootings.
Authorities said the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave consistent with department policy.