Police Fatally Shoot Mentally Ill Woman
The 50-year-old mentally ill woman was shot and killed by a Phoenix police officer.
Officers were attempting to serve a mental-health order to Michelle Cusseaux that would admit her to a mental-health facility, reports AZ Central.
Caseworkers “were trying to get her to come in for treatment. It got to the point that she wouldn’t do that. … She had a weapon and was making threats,” said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a police spokesman.
[su_r_sky_ad]Police opened the security door to Cusseaux’s home just as she was opening the front door with a claw hammer raised above her head.
The officers felt threatened and a patrol sergeant fired one shot from his gun. Cusseaux was struck in her chest with the bullet.
Cusseaux was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.