Lancaster Deputy Fatally Shoots Armed Woman Amid Domestic Violence Call

Lancaster Deputy Fatally Shoots Armed Woman Amid Domestic Violence CallSource: Google Street View
Gabriela Martinez
Published on December 05, 2023

A distressing episode unfolded in Lancaster Monday evening when a deputy dispatched in response to a domestic violence alert fatally shot an armed woman. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies arrived at the 2100 block of East Avenue J-8 around 6 p.m., encountering a volatile confrontation between a man and a woman brandishing a large kitchen knife.

The situation escalated sharply as the woman, described as a black individual in her 20s or 30s, was heard making verbal threats to harm the man with her weapon. "When the female approached the male with the knife, a deputy-involved shooting occurred," the sheriff's department disclosed in a statement obtained by KTLA. A knife was later recovered at the crime scene, confirming reports of the woman's lethal intentions.

The incident, which took place at the Cedar Ridge Apartments, quickly drew public attention. As per a narrative carried by KABC, the authorities allege that she "made verbal threats indicating she was going to harm the male with the knife." This purported statement created a backdrop for the subsequent use of deadly force by law enforcement.

Following the shooting, the woman was promptly transported to a local hospital. There, in a stark culmination of the evening's events, she succumbed to her injuries.