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Longview officers fatally shoot woman who threatened them at station

From Staff Reports
Jan. 22, 2015 at 2:24 p.m.


Longview police fatally shot a woman Thursday who they say threatened them in their own lobby with an undisclosed weapon.

MORNING UPDATE:Click here to check out our updated story.

UPDATE (9:33 p.m.): Longview police fatally shot a woman Thursday who they say threatened them in their own lobby with an undisclosed weapon.

A woman, whose identity has not been released, came to the police department at 6:28 p.m. Thursday and picked up the red phone to speak to dispatch, saying she needed an officer, police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said.

"When police arrived to assist her that's when she confronted them," Brian said. "She did brandish a weapon. I don't know what kind it was. She came at the officers and was shot."

No police officers were injured.

The woman was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

Brian said she did not know how many times the woman was shot or by how many officers. It is too early to tell whether any officers will be placed on administrative leave, Brian said.

When asked if the woman had said anything to police officers, Brian said, "I don't know what she said."

The Texas Rangers are taking over the investigation and were on the scene Thursday night, interviewing police officers who were involved.

Police are still working to identify the woman, Brian said.

UPDATE (9:21 p.m.): Police tell our reporter on the scene that a press conference is expected within the next hour.

UPDATE (8:48 p.m.):  Longview police have confirmed they are investigating a shooting that occurred in the lobby of the police department.

The police department went on lockdown this evening after the shooting, with police cars staged around the station blocking all of its entrances.

No police officers were injured, according to an officer on the scene.

Details are limited, but Longview Mayor Jay Dean said he was told a "female wielding a knife entered into the police department."

"It must have been pretty scary for a minute or two there," Dean said.

According to police scanner radio traffic, a woman was shot four times.

An ambulance leaving downtown Longview was seen pulling into Good Shepherd Medical Center just after the shooting was reported on the police scanner. Two police vehicles were right behind the ambulance as it pulled into the hospital.

Longview police began calling all units back to the police department on the scanner before going to a closed channel to continue communication.

A physical evidence van arrived at the police station shortly after the shooting, and the police department was blocked by yellow crime tape.

Police cars were seen blocking off all entrances to the police department Thursday, including entrances from Cotton Street, South Street, and from the Jo Ann Metcalf Municipal Building.

Police on scene have said no one can comment further until police spokeswoman Kristie Brian arrives at the police department.

UPDATE (8:09 p.m.): Longview police confirm they are investigating a shooting that occurred in the police department lobby. 

All entrances to the police department are completely blocked off and no one can get into the parking lot.

Police cars are circling the building with lights flashing, blocking all entrances including those coming from Cotton Street, South Street and entrances that connect to the police station from the Jo Ann Metcalf Municipal Building.

A News-Journal reporter at the scene said a person can be seen seated on the floor inside of the police station.

Longview Mayor Jay Dean said he has been told a "female wielding a knife entered into the police department."

A News-Journal photographer followed an ambulance leaving downtown Longview and observed it pulling into Good Shepherd Medical Center just after the shooting was reported on the police scanner.

Two police vehicles were right behind the ambulance as it pulled into the hospital.

An officer on scene said no police officers were injured. 

UPDATE (7:57 p.m.): Longview Mayor Jay Dean said he has been told a "female wielding a knife entered into the police department."

Dean confirmed the police department is on lockdown, but said that is all the information he has at this time.

Dean could not confirm if a shooting had occurred at the police department.

UPDATE (7:48 p.m.):  An officer on scene said no police officers were injured. 

The Longview Police Department is locked down after what police radio traffic indicated was a shooting.

According to police scanner radio traffic, a woman was shot four times.

Longview police were calling all units back to the police department on the scanner before going to a closed channel to continue communication.

A physical evidence van arrived at the police station, and the police department is taped off.

Police told a News-Journal reporter that no one could comment until police spokeswoman Kristie Brian arrives at the police department.

We are working to get more information on this story and will update here.

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