Deputies kill woman after late-night chase

[ This article ends with a request that anyone who has any information about this incident call the homicide division. Don't. Call as many media organizations as you can. I wonder just how many "toy guns" and knives they carry to get away with this obscene behavior. ]

Two Riverside County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a female driver on Highway 74 in the Goodhope area early today after she refused to comply with their commands and eventually got out of her vehicle brandishing a knife and what proved to be a black handgun replica.

Officers initially tried to stop the woman at 12:10 a.m. because she appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The driver ignored signals from a patrol car to pull over and continued driving erratically for several miles. Deputies pursued the car and used a spike strip to attempt to stop the vehicle because of safety concerns, the release said.

Eventually the driver stopped, but then refused to follow deputies orders to get out of her car. After initially stopping, the woman drove away from the deputies and then stopped several times. Deputies tried to negotiate with the woman, but she continued to refuse to comply, the release said.

Eventually the woman got out of the car brandishing the knife and replica handgun in a threatening manner, according to the press release. Fearing for their safety, the deputies fired at the woman.

She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds and died there, the release said. The sheriff's department has withheld her name pending notification of her family.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3500 or 951-245-3300.

--Julissa McKinnon

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