Woman Fatally Shot by Police in South Pasadena

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Police have shot and killed a woman they say pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at them after they were summoned to her South Pasadena home to check on her Thursday afternoon.

It unfolded just before 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said.

Police were called to the home of the 49-year-old woman to check on her, according to South Pasadena Police Department and sheriff's officials.

"They made contact with a female who was having some medical issues, experiencing some seizures. She appeared to be gravely disabled," Sheriff's Homicide Lt. Joe Mendoza said.

The woman was "extremely uncooperative," the lieutenant said. Three officers were there, along with a county mental health care worker sent to assist them.

"During the conversation, the female armed herself with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred," Mendoza said.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, sheriff's officials said. Her identity was not yet available.

The item the woman pointed at police turned out to be a BB gun that closely resembled a genuine semi-automatic handgun, Mendoza said.

No police officers were hurt during the encounter, sheriff's officials said.

Fremont Avenue was shut down in both directions between Oxley Street and Monterey Road as detectives conducted their investigation.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau have taken charge of the investigation, as is common practice in officer-involved shootings involving Los Angeles County police agencies.

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