Berkeley Officer Fatally Shoots Knife-Wielding Woman

A woman who allegedly confronted a police with a knife is dead after an officer opened fire in what authorities are calling a case of self-defense.

Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said police were responding to a second domestic disturbance call Saturday night at a South Berkeley apartment complex when the shooting took place.

Kusmiss said the five-year veteran shot the woman to defend himself and a second person who was not named. The names of the shooting victim and the officer were also not released.

The officer was placed on paid leave pending an investigation - standard practice in officer-involved shootings.

The last fatal shooting involving Berkeley police occurred in 2003 when officers gunned down a bank robbery suspect near the University of California, Berkeley campus.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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