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Woman Allegedly Armed With Knife Fatally Shot by Police in South LA

A woman allegedly armed with a knife was fatally shot by police in South Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

Officers received reports of a woman threatening people with a knife near East 22nd and San Pedro streets about 9:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Responding officers encountered a woman with an 8-inch blade and shot her, the LAPD said. The woman died while being taken to a hospital, according to LAPD.

Family members identified the woman as 37-year-old Norma Angelica Guzman. They say she was homeless and suffered from mental illness.

Witnesses say police shot her at close range and did not attempt to use non-lethal force.

"As the police approached her she had a knife in her hand," witness Erik Carillo said. "They kept yelling, 'Put down the knife, put down the knife.' The lady did not approach them. She did not let go of the knife.'

A collection of candles and flowers marked the spot where the woman was shot.

Investigators said a knife was recovered at the scene. They would not say how many shots were fired or if the woman attacked the officers.

Police said one of the officers was a training officer. Both were wearing body cameras.

Both uninjured officers were placed on administrative leave as officials investigated the shooting.

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