Resident Questions Fatal LAPD Shooting of Woman in Baldwin Hills

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Police were investigating the scene of fatal shooting of a woman by LAPD officers responding to a report of a robbery in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area on Aug. 12, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A 21-year-old local resident said Thursday that she saw Los Angeles police fatally shoot a woman who was running from officers down a Baldwin Hills alley.

Courtyana Franklin questioned why police shot the woman, saying she watched Wednesday’s events unfold from the side mirror of her car, which was parked in the alley near Marlton Avenue and Santo Tomas Drive.

“I do know for a fact that she was not charging at them,” Franklin said. “Those police were running. They were not trying to get away from her.”

The LAPD has said that officers deployed a Taser during the encounter with the woman, who police said was armed with a knife. Police said a Taser cartridge was found in the alley, indicating the device had been used.

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