LAPD investigating fatal officer-involved shooting

A woman was shot and killed Sunday by at least one officer from Newton Division in the Central City area of Los Angeles, a police spokesman said.

"About 9:30 a.m., officers from Newton Division responded to a call at 22nd Street and South San Pedro Street about a woman armed with some sort of blade,'' Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Mike Lopez said. "An officer-involved-shooting occurred and a knife was recovered at the scene.''

Paramedics were dispatched at 9:42 a.m. to a "reported shooting'' call in the 2100 block of South San Pedro Street. They rushed one person to a nearby hospital, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"The woman, who about 30 years old, did not respond to treatment and she died at the hospital,'' Lopez said.

The shooting, he said, was being investigated by the LAPD's Force Investigation Division and the Inspector General's office.

The officer-involved shooting was also being investigated by the Los Angeles county's District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division's shooting team.

Newton Division is one of the first LAPD divisions where body cameras have been issued to officers, and Lopez said both officers were wearing body cams at the time of the OIS.

"Those cameras have been collected by the Force Investigation Division investigators, and will be analyzed for evidence,'' Lopez told City News Service.

Lopez said that San Pedro Street would be shut down from 21st Street to 23rd Street for the investigation.

Asked whether the woman who was fatally shot attacked the officers with her knife, Lopez responded that was an issue the Force Investigation unit would determine. Lopez also didn't know how many officers fired or how many rounds were used.

Reports from the scene indicated that a trainee officer and a supervisor were involved, but the LAPD spokesperson would not confirm that.

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