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Woman Shot and Killed by Sheriff’s Deputies Armed with a Knife

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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. Deputies responded around 12:20 a.m. to a report of suspicious circumstances and a possible burglary at a triplex in the first block of Cleveland Avenue, Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said. The caller reported hearing glass breaking and loud pounding noises coming from somewhere on the property, and later reported hearing a female outside yelling and banging on something, he said.

Three deputies arrived on the scene and were confronted by a woman armed with a knife in the triplex’s driveway, the sergeant said. Stenderup said he did not know whether she was pointing the weapon at the deputies. The deputies ordered the woman to drop the knife, but she refused, and at least one of the deputies shot her, the sergeant said. Emergency medical aid was given to the woman, but she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No deputies were injured in the incident. Stenderup said sheriff’s homicide investigators were at the scene overnight and through this afternoon interviewing the deputies involved and witnesses. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is monitoring the investigation. The deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, following standard procedure in an officer-involved death, Stenderup said. He said investigators are working to identify the woman and to determine whether she lived at the triplex or knew someone in the building.

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