Santa Clara Sheriff's Deputy Shoots, Kills Armed Woman

Authorities say at least one Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a woman who was armed with an unspecified weapon

By Staff and Wires
|  Sunday, Nov 17, 2013  |  Updated 7:44 AM PDT
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NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere reports from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office with more on the fatal officer involved shooting of an armed woman in an unincorporated area of San Jose.

NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere reports from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office with more on the fatal officer involved shooting of an armed woman in an unincorporated area of San Jose.

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A woman armed with a knife was shot and killed after confronting sheriff's deputies in the driveway of a home in unincorporated San Jose early this morning, a Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman said.
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The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer involved shooting that left a woman dead early Saturday.

The sheriff's office said someone called 911 at 12:17 a.m. to report hearing glass break and loud pounding noises at a home on Cleveland Avenue in unincorporated San Jose. 

The caller told the operator they could hear a female outside yelling and banging on something.

Three deputies responded to the triplex near Olive Avenue, the sheriff's department said.

Investigators said as they approached the home, the woman, who was armed with a knife, confronted them in the driveway. The deputies ordered her to drop the knife, but she refused, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators said at least one of the deputies shot the subject who was pronounced dead on scene

The subject, whose name and age have not yet been released. Investigators were working to identify the woman and to determine whether she lived at the triplex or knew someone in the building.

No deputies were hurt in the incident.

Stenderup said that sheriff's homicide and Santa Clara County district attorney's office investigators were at the scene interviewing the deputies involved and any witnesses as of 6 a.m.

 

The three deputies involved in the shooting are on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Raul Torrez has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and said he has noticed an uptick in crime nearby. He admits he is concerned, especially since he has grandchildren around.

"You can't let it consume you though," Torrez said. "You have to worry about yourself and your family and go from there."

Investigators are asking for witnesses to call Sheriff's Office Homicide Investigators at 408-808-4431.

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