- A 66-year-old woman was shot and killed by a police officer in the Bronx, New York
- It has been questioned why the NYPD officer did not use his taser instead
- She is reported to have attacked him with a baseball bat
In yet another fatal police shooting, an elderly woman was shot by an NYPD police officer on Tuesday and died later in hospital. She had been shot twice in the torso. Her name is not known at this stage.
Police had been called to the scene by a neighbor, who said the woman was 'acting irrationally'. She was found holding scissors and cowering in her bedroom in an apartment block.
Police convinced her to put down the scissors, but then she picked up a bat and rushed at the officer and attempted to strike him. That is when he fired. This happened at around 6pm on Tuesday, 18 October.
A witness said that she believed that knowing the mental state of the 'victim', the officer was most likely justified in defending himself in such an extreme manner.
The treatment of emotionally- and mentally-disturbed people - as well as minorities - by police has been in the spotlight for some time, with many calling for additional police training to deal with such eventualities.
The incident was labeled as 'an outrage' by Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr.
According to a police spokesperson, the woman is known to the department for previous incidents and call-outs, including just a few months ago when she was removed from her home in a straitjacket.