Monday, October 3, 2011

Woman Armed With Two Knives Shot Dead By Police By Midtown Shelter

A woman was shot dead by police in Midtown last night after investigators say she refused to drop a pair of knives.

Police say they were called to a shelter on East 45th street around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, where they encountered the armed woman in front of the building.

Officers say they ordered her to drop the two knives, and when she did not, they shot her multiple times.

NY1 has learned the woman lived at a shelter that houses women suffering from mental illness or addictions.

"She never bothered nobody. She never talked to nobody. She stayed all to herself, she speak and that was it," said one local.

"She never bothered nobody. But she had an argument when I went to the movies. I saw her arguing earlier on 43rd Street with her girlfriend, on the phone," said another local. "And when I came back from the movie theater, she told me that they shot her and everything. So I was like, 'What the hell is going on?'"

Police recovered the two knives at the scene.

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