On the Evening of Friday March 22nd 19, an Officer of SRPD stopped a female she believed to be attempting to break into an empty store. The female pulled a knife on the Officer.
The Officer called for back up. Another SRPD who was some way away, ran to the scene to assist. He arrived to find the first Officer who had already been stabbed still in an physical altercation with the female, who was continuing to stab the first Officer.
The second Officer withdrew his gun and ordered the female to desist and drop the knife at least twice. The second Officer then called for further back up. She failed to comply with the order and continued to advance at the officers whilst still holding the knife. The second Officer then fired one shot just above her breast.
Two more SRPD Officers arrived on scene as back up, both of them supervisors. They also withdrew their fire arms and ordered the woman to drop the knife that she was still holding on to. The female then complied. One of the supervising Officers then kicked the knife away and secured to female. All three uninjured SRPD Officers administered emergency aid.
The other supervising Officer then cleared the EMT's to come onto the scene and bagged up the evidence. Two of the Officers on scene were wearing body cameras.
The Officer involved in the shooting has recently rejoined the department after a leave of absence for several months. He is however a very experienced Officer. His name is being withheld at this time.
At the time of printing the Officer is under an Internal Affairs Investigation with SRV Court as per normal procedure in these situations and is on restricted duties. No further information will be released by the Santa Ramona Police Department at this time.