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Police in Virginia fatally shoot woman armed with knife

November 06, 2017 - 2:20 PM

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Virginia authorities say a police officer shot and killed a woman who approached officers wielding a knife.

The Lynchburg police department said in a statement that police received a call from someone late Sunday who said the woman was suicidal, had a knife, and had hurt herself.

Police say the woman was barricaded in a room and that negotiators worked for several hours to resolve the situation peacefully.

The statement said the woman came out of the room early Monday and approached police in a threatening manner while holding the knife.

Authorities say officers shocked the woman with a stun gun, but she continued to move toward them. The woman was shot and died at the scene. Virginia State Police are investigating.

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