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Officers fatally shoot woman LAPD says was armed with a knife

Officers fatally shoot woman LAPD says was armed with a knife
Los Angeles police investigate after officers fatally shot a woman near East 22nd and San Pedro streets near downtown L.A. in September 2015. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police fatally shot a woman armed with a knife Sunday following a confrontation near downtown, authorities said.

Police received a call about 9:30 a.m. about an unruly woman with a knife at the intersection of E. 22nd and South San Pedro streets, just south of the 10 Freeway, said Sgt. Frank Preciado.

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The two responding officers confronted the woman, who was armed with a knife with an 8-inch blade, he said. At some point, the officers fired their weapons.

The woman was transported to a local hospital, where she later died, Preciado said. She has not been identified.

The officers were not injured.

The two officers, who have not been identified, were described as a "training officer" and a "probationary officer."

"Our understanding is that both officers discharged their weapons," Preciado said. The officers were wearing body cameras and the video from those cameras will be downloaded and examined as part of the investigation.

There is also additional video footage taken from a security camera in the area that will be looked at, he said.

This was the third fatal LAPD officer-involved shooting this month. Earlier this month, police shot and killed two gunmen, including one who authorities said killed a woman, in two separate incidents.

LAPD officers have shot 31 people this year, 17 of whom were killed.

As with all LAPD shootings, Sunday's incident will be reviewed by the department, the district attorney's office, the Police Commission and its independent inspector general.

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