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Woman fatally shot by police after domestic disturbance call

Early morning officer-involved shooting in Modesto

The scene of an officer-involved shooting by a Modesto Police Department officer on Queens Avenue, just northwest of the Coolidge and Rose avenues intersection at about 3:20 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. ( Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)
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The scene of an officer-involved shooting by a Modesto Police Department officer on Queens Avenue, just northwest of the Coolidge and Rose avenues intersection at about 3:20 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. ( Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)

Modesto police fatally shot a woman after being called to a domestic disturbance in east Modesto early Saturday morning.

Officers were called at 2 a.m. to investigate a family disturbance on the 1500 block of Queens Avenue. According to police spokeswoman Heather Graves, the caller reported his 53-year-old daughter was intoxicated and vandalizing the inside of his residence.

When officers arrived, the woman had left the home. But at 3 a.m. another call came in to report the woman had returned and was armed with a knife, Graves said.

When police returned to the residence, the woman, armed with knives, confronted them in the street. Graves said officers told her to drop the knives but she “advanced rapidly at them with the knives raised above her head.” Officers used a Taser and bean bags before one officer fired his duty weapon at the woman.

The woman was hit by gunshots and taken to a local hospital, where she died, Graves said. Her identity was not released.

This is the fourth fatal officer-involved shooting in Stanislaus County and the second this year involving a Modesto Police Department officer. It’s unknown how many shots were fired by the officer.

The three officers involved in this incident were uninjured and placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure with all officer-involved shootings.

Graves said investigators are processing the crime scene, collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Three independent investigations have been launched into this incident. The Modesto Police Department is conducting both a criminal and administrative investigation and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent review.

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