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The Latest: NYC group protests police shooting of woman

October 19, 2016 - 5:26 PM

NEW YORK - The Latest on the police shooting of an emotionally disturbed woman in the Bronx (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

A group of more than two dozen protesters are marching in New York City demanding justice after a woman was fatally shot in her apartment by a police sergeant.

The group marched Wednesday evening from Deborah Danner's apartment in the Bronx, holding signs with Danner's photo. They chanted: "No justice, no peace" and "send those killer cops to jail."

The group momentarily stopped traffic as they marched. A police cruiser followed them to a nearby police precinct.

Police say the 66-year-old Danner had been wielding scissors and a baseball bat Tuesday night. They say she tried to strike the sergeant with the bat, and he fired two shots from his revolver and hit her in the torso.

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2:10 p.m.

The Rev. Al Sharpton says the fatal shooting of an emotionally disturbed woman by New York City police is "atrocious" and shows a need for "an overhaul in police training."

Sharpton said Wednesday that comments by Police Commissioner James O'Neill were "good and responsible" but should be the beginning of "systemic change."

Earlier, O'Neill told reporters that the sergeant did not follow department procedures and has been placed on modified duty.

He said it's "clear in this one instance" that "we failed."

Mayor Bill de Blasio said officers are supposed to use deadly force "only when faced with a dire situation."

The mayor says it is "very hard to see that standard was met" Tuesday night.

The woman killed was 66-year-old Deborah Danner of the Bronx.

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1:30 p.m.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says "something went horribly wrong" when a police sergeant fatally shot an emotionally disturbed woman in the Bronx.

De Blasio said at a news conference Wednesday that officers are supposed to use deadly force "only when faced with a dire situation."

The mayor says it is "very hard to see that standard was met" Tuesday night.

He added that the shooting death is "tragic" and "unacceptable."

Earlier, Police Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters that the sergeant did not follow department procedures and has been placed on modified duty.

Police say the 66-year-old woman had been wielding scissors and a baseball bat. They say she tried to strike the sergeant with the bat, and he fired two shots from his revolver and hit her in the torso.

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12:55 p.m.

The New York City police commissioner says an officer who fatally shot an emotionally disturbed woman wielding scissors and a baseball bat did not follow department procedures and has been placed on modified duty.

Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters Wednesday that the handling of the incident was "not how we're trained."

He says it's "clear in this one instance" that "we failed."

Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen (nih-KOO'-nihn) has said the sergeant who shot the 66-year-old woman had a stun gun. He says investigators will examine the reason it wasn't deployed.

Police say the sergeant had persuaded the woman to drop the scissors but she then grabbed a baseball bat. They say she tried to strike the sergeant, who fired two shots from his revolver and hit her in the torso.

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11:10 a.m.

Authorities say a New York City police officer shot and killed an emotionally disturbed, 66-year-old woman wielding scissors and a baseball bat, and investigators want to know why he didn't use his stun gun instead.

The state attorney general's office says it's determining whether the shooting falls under its jurisdiction.

Police say the sergeant had persuaded the woman to drop the scissors Tuesday night, but then fired after she swung the bat in a Bronx apartment.

Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen (nih-KOO'-nihn) says the sergeant had a Taser. He says the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. issued a statement condemning the shooting.

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