A 52-year-old woman was fatally shot by a California Highway Patrol officer late Tuesday after brandishing what appeared to be a handgun during a traffic stop in Alhambra, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said.
The woman was identified by the county coroner as Ilda Ebe Grasso of Los Angeles.
CHP officers told investigators they saw the woman speeding in a red car on the San Bernardino Freeway about 11 p.m. and had her exit the freeway and pull over at Garfield and Hellman avenues, Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Wednesday.
When the officers attempted to talk to the driver, she pointed what looked like a handgun at them, Whitmore said.
"She brandished it in a menacing manner. So, fearful of their life, they took action," Whitmore said.
At least one of the officers fired at the woman, who was hit in the chest, Whitmore said.
She died at a hospital, he said.
The object was later determined not to be a weapon.
Sheriff's officials, who are investigating the incident, have not determined yet whether drugs and alcohol were a factor. Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said an autopsy would be done today, and toxicology screening would determine if drugs or alcohol were in her system.