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Valeri Hawkins fatally shot by a police officer in Concord

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Police have identified an armed woman fatally shot by a police officer in Concord on Thursday evening, a police lieutenant said. Officers responded to a report of a suicidal female in the 2700 block of Pacheco Street around 5:30 p.m., Lt. David Hughes said. The woman, later identified as 57-year-old Valeri Hawkins, told a police dispatcher she had a gun and wanted to kill herself, according to Hughes.

Arriving officers found Hawkins standing outside of a residence holding a handgun, he said. An officer ordered her to drop the firearm but she refused and pointed the gun at him, Hughes said. The officer feared for his life and fired one shot at Hawkins in self-defense, he said. Officers performed CPR on her but she was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to Hughes. Hawkins is a Concord resident with a history of mental illness, Hughes said. The Contra Costa County sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices are assisting Concord police in investigating the shooting.

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