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A 66-year-old woman was shot and killed by a police sergeant in her Bronx apartment after she allegedly charged at the sergeant with a baseball bat.

According to reports, a neighbor put in a complaint about the woman and when police responded, she was naked and holding scissors.

From NBC:

A uniformed sergeant encountered the woman, who was naked and armed with scissors, officials said. He persuaded her to put down the scissors but as soon she did so, she picked up a baseball bat and tried to hit him with it.

That’s when the sergeant fired two shots from his service gun, officials said. The woman was struck twice in the torso.

The woman reportedly died at Jacobi Medical Center, where she was taken after the shooting. The NYPD is conducting an investigation. NBC continues:

The NYPD says it’s conducting an investigation into the case, including why the sergeant, who’s been with the department eight years, didn’t use the stun gun he had on him. 

Officials said there had been past 911 reports regarding the woman, who has schizophrenia. One woman who lives in the building said that recently “they brought her out in a straitjacket, she was hollering and screaming.” 

State Senator Ruben Diaz says the shooting was indefensible.

“To me, it is very difficult to understand how a woman who is [66] years old and has emotional problems should have to die like this, especially if there are four or five police officers in the room with her,” he said in a statement.

Diaz says officers need to better trained in dealing with mentally ill people and that if they must shoot, to shoot in the leg. 

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