Thursday, April 28, 2011

Deaf woman reportedly shot dead by LA police

From City News Service:

A woman who was sitting on the porch of her home in Watts after firing a weapon at her daughter and grandchildren was fatally shot by police April 28, authorities said. The woman reportedly may have been deaf, and did not hear police calling on her to put her gun down.

The indications were that the woman had shot at her family members before police arrived, said Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

Officers were called about 7:15 p.m. to the 10000 block of South Anzac Avenue, near Century Boulevard, Rayner said.

The woman died at the scene.

The shooting Wednesday evening was the second LAPD fatal officer-involved shooting in Watts.

Jose A. Solario, 46, was shot to death around 8:25 a.m. after failing to drop a weapon, authorities said.