More justified homicide?
Phoenix Police Shoot And Kill Mentally Ill Woman Who Threatened Them With A Hammer
According to AZ Family reports:
A woman was shot and killed by a Phoenix police sergeant Thursday after allegedly threatening police officers and mental health workers.
Police responded to an apartment complex near 55th Avenue and Indian School Road in the Maryvale area around 2:15 p.m. for an emergency mental health pickup order.
According to police, 50-year-old Michelle Cusseaux was threatening mental health workers, saying she would show up at the mental health facility where she was supposed to be receiving treatment and shoot the workers.
When police arrived at Cusseaux’s apartment to pick her up they said she was agitated and swinging a hammer.
“When our officers go to serve mental health pickup orders, they’re some of the most dangerous calls to even go on because those people often have mental challenges,” said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “And that’s what we’re dealing with at this time.”
When officers, including a sergeant, tried to get Cusseaux to come out of the apartment, she opened the door and allegedly had a claw hammer raised above her head.
Police said the sergeant fired one shot, striking Cusseaux. Officers administered CPR, and the woman later died at a hospital.
Police said a weapons examination and information from witnesses confirmed the 48-year-old sergeant fired his weapon only once.
Police said they are still investigating whether Cusseaux had a gun in the apartment.
Neighbors said Cusseaux was known around the complex for having bouts with mental illness.
The sergeant, a 19-year veteran with the department, will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings. The case is being investigated both criminally and internally.
Right, they had no choice. They couldn’t have used a taser to disarm her?
Do you think if it was a white woman they would have been as quick to just shoot?
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department