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Woman With Knife at Playground Shot And Killed By Police

Woman With Knife at Playground Shot And Killed By Police

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The Modesto Bee via YellowBrix

December 16, 2009

Police officers shot and killed a woman Tuesday after she walked onto the playground of a north Modesto elementary school, cutting herself in the head with a large knife in front of children and school officials.

The unidentified woman charged at officers, who were forced to “resort to the use of deadly force,” said Sgt. Brian Findlen, a Modesto police spokesman.

No other injuries were reported.

Police did not release the woman’s name Wednesday night, but they described her as a white woman in her early 40s. Findlen said she was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The school remained on lockdown for about 50 minutes, until about 3 p.m., when children were led out of classrooms in groups to their parents or guardians, who waited for them in front of the school.

Investigators spent most of the afternoon and evening gathering evidence at the scene and speaking to witnesses.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at Catherine Everett Elementary School at 1530 Mount Vernon Drive, several blocks west of Tully Road and north of Briggsmore Avenue.

Findlen said some children were on the playground when the woman came on the campus with what appeared to be a meat cleaver. He said she was described as acting bizarre and “hitting herself in the head and upper body with the sharp edge of the blade.”

There was no indication the woman threatened any children or school employees, Findlen said.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the woman knew any students or employees, Findlen said, but there was no information that indicated she had a link to the school.

Findlen said some of the children saw the woman’s actions.

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Police and school officials credited Principal Michael Brady and yard duty supervisor Trent Greer for speaking to the woman, distracting her as other staff members ushered the children into classrooms.

Findlen said the school officials continued to speak to the woman, but she did not respond.

At 2:08 p.m., police dispatchers received the first report from campus officials that the woman was on the school’s basketball courts, injuring herself with the knife.

Findlen said the children were inside their classrooms when two police officers arrived about three minutes later.

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  • Avatar_wild_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Tremendous work!

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    over 5 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Thank God no kids were injured. Hopefully no of them saw her get shot. Good Shoot though.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Textbook work. Thumbs up.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    The officers did what they had to do. This was a sad and terrible situation to happen in front of children to see and indeed sad for the officers and all involved. No cop wants to kill anyone but there was no other option for the officers, esp considering the safety concerns of the children and staff at the school. I am glad no cops or innocent people, esp. school kids were hurt in this sad case.

  • Somegiveall_max160_max160_max50


    over 5 years ago


    sounds like a classic exampleof suicide by cop. hope both officers are doing fine. WELL DONE.

  • Ribbon_max50


    over 5 years ago


    What is this world coming to............................. I'm glad everything turned out ok. Great job.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Great work guys. Stay safe out there.

  • Eagle_avatar_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Excellent (but risky) job by the school officials. Sounds like this woman was off her rocker just a little bit.

  • 21_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Great job by the officers and the school officials

  • Img_0933_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Great job by the school officials and the responding officers. Hope there is no lasting effects on the children.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 5 years ago


    The officers and the school officials did their jobs well on this day, no kids or officers were hurt.

  • Honorvalor_max50


    over 5 years ago


    How tragic. I hope the kids will be ok. I hope they are able to talk to someone, especially the ones that witnessed everything unfold..

    Good job to the Officers for stopping the threat.

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