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Woman Who Reportedly Wanted Police to Kill Her is Shot with Taser in Santa Rosa

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A woman armed with a knife who allegedly implored police to kill her was subdued with a Taser stun gun and arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer Tuesday afternoon. Police received a call around 4:15 p.m. from a woman who sounded intoxicated. The woman said she was having a conflict with another resident and would wait in her apartment for police, Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.

When the first officer arrived at the apartment in the 900 block of Delport Avenue in southwest Santa Rosa, he encountered 48-year-old Julie Laffey, who was crouched down with a 12-inch serrated knife, Banayat said. Laffey, who had small cuts on her wrist, turned toward the officer and yelled, “I have a knife” and “Don’t come near me,” Banayat said. The officer called for emergency backup and Laffey stood up and raised the knife over her head as if to attack the officer.

The officer tried to calm down Laffey but she continued demanding that the officer kill her, Banayat said. Laffey refused to drop the knife, screamed, “Kill me now,” and moved toward the officer, who shot Laffey in the abdomen with a Taser and was able to get the knife from her and handcuff her, Banayat said.

Laffey resisted being handcuffed but was taken into custody and to a hospital for medical clearance, Banayat said. She was then booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Laffey is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.

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