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Police Probe Playground Death as 'Suicide By Cop'

Police Probe Playground Death as 'Suicide By Cop'

The AP via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

MODESTO, Calif. — Police say they are investigating the shooting death of a woman wielding a meat cleaver on a California elementary school playground as a possible case of “suicide by cop.”

Police on Wednesday identified the woman fatally shot as 43-year-old Elizabeth Catherine Kropp of Modesto.

Police Sgt. Brian Findlen says officers found Kropp hitting and cutting herself with the cleaver around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Two officers opened fire when Kropp charged them with the cleaver.

Related: Woman With Knife at Playground Shot And Killed By Police

Authorities say a preliminary investigation suggests Kropp had a history of mental health issues. Findlen says several children were on the playground when Kropp arrived but were escorted inside before the shooting.

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