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62-Year-Old Woman Shot and Killed After Threatening Officer With Scissors

The Blade via YellowBrix

December 16, 2009

The woman shot to death Monday night by Toledo police was killed with two shots to the head, Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

The chief said that two female officers responded to a call that a woman was brandishing a knife and that the fatal shooting occurred before their backup arrived.

He said the shooting was in very close proximity.

The chief identified the officer who did the shooting as Diane Chandler, 33, who has been on the force since 2006. The second officer was Rebecca Kenney, 34, who has been on the force since 2003.

Tanya Murphy, who told police that she cares for two people in her home at 1321 Fernwood Ave., reported at about 8 p.m. that the woman had a knife. Ms. Murphy told police that the woman had a history of depression and schizophrenia and was not taking her medication, Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre said.

Ms. Murphy identified the woman as Linda Hicks, who has lived in her home, known as Marria’s Adult Family Home, since 2006. Ms. Murphy and the other resident who lives there felt threatened by Ms. Hicks’ behavior, Ms. Murphy said.

“Linda had scissors in her hand. She came at me," Ms. Murphy said. “She was babbling something.”

Police found the woman on her bed in her room upstairs, holding her hands under her pillow. She first refused officers’ orders to show her hands. One of the officers attempted to subdue her with a Taser, but the device malfunctioned, the chief said. The officer then approached her — still in the bed — and used the handheld function on the Taser device.

The officer shot the woman as she lunged at police with a pair of scissors raised over her head, Chief Navarre said. She was shot more than once — a total of four shots were fired — and she was pronounced dead in the house last night. The chief said he could not say where the shots hit her.

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