WEST PHOENIX - Phoenix police have identified the officer that shot and killed a 50-year-old mentally ill woman last week .
Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Sgt. Percy Dupra has been with the Phoenix Police Department for 19 years.
Dupra, along with two other officers, responded to a West Phoenix home, Aug. 14, to conduct an "Emergency Mental Health Pick Up Order" of Michelle Cusseaux, 50, who was reportedly threatening to shoot the staff of a mental health facility, according to Phoenix police.
As officers were attempting to gain access to the woman's home, Cusseaux opened the door holding a claw hammer and charged at Dupra, according to Phoenix police. Dupra then fired one shot, striking the woman.
Cusseaux was taken to a local hospital where she died.
Her mother, Frances Garrett, spoke to the media last week and said her daughter suffered from depression, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia.
She said police need better ways to handle mental ill cases.
"I called to get help for my daughter, not to have her shot -- just to get the help she needed," she said
Dupra has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy in officer-involved shootings.