LONG BEACH, Calif. – A blade-wielding woman reportedly threatened and jabbed at customers with a knife at a fast-food restaurant in Long Beach. Police engaged the woman and used deadly force to stop her attacks.
Long Beach Police Department began receiving reports of a woman brandishing a knife about 11:15 a.m. near a Jack in the Box restaurant at 7th Street and Bellflower Boulevard, said Sgt. James Richardson.
Valerie Simpson, a witness, told KABC-TV that the woman threatened multiple people.
“She wielded a knife and started jabbing it at me, so I put my cart in front of the way,” Simpson told the news station. Simpson said the woman made repeated attempts to stab her. Police reported that no bystanders were injured.
Officers arrived at the scene, encountered the woman outside the nearby Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital, and at some point, at least one officer opened fire, reported the Los Angeles Times.
The woman’s action just prior to being fired upon were not disclosed. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Richardson said.
Her name was not released pending notification of family members.
Investigators recovered a knife at the scene of the shooting, which is being reviewed by detectives at the Long Beach Police Department. The kind of knife was not described.
No officers were injured in the shooting, Richardson said.
(Feature pic is file photo)