Oxnard Police Department in California released body camera footage this week showing a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer after she ran at him with a large knife.
The video was posted online by the department with the face of the teenager blurred out because of her age.
Chief Scott Whitney used the video to describe what happened.
Whitney said that they had received a number of calls about a woman with a 12-inch knife who “seemed disturbed”.
In the body camera video, Officer Timothy Roberts is the first to arrive at the scene. He is seen telling the girl to not to reach for the weapon and to sit on the curb. The girl asked what would happen if she reached for the knife.
“Then something bad is going to happen,” Roberts said.
In the video, you can see the officer backing away from the girl, who was wearing a red shirt, blue shorts and sneakers.
“Drop it,” the officer says.
“No,” she replied.
“Come on shoot me,” she continued. “I’ve been waiting all day.”
He keeps moving away from her and telling her to drop the knife, but she refuses to and keeps walking towards him.
Suddenly she begins running at Roberts with the knife in her right hand, and he shoots her several times. The girl then collapses.
The officer then took the knife from her and gave her medical aid while waiting for the ambulance.
“I’m so sorry,” the teenager said.
She lay writhing on the pavement while they tried to help.
“It’s OK,” an officer is heard saying.
The girl is hospitalized in critical but stable condition. In according with police policy, the officer is on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
According to a police statement, the second officer arrived moments before the shooting and was preparing to use a beanbag weapon to try to subdue the girl.