PD: Woman shot after charging officer in west Phoenix dies from injuries

PHOENIX - A woman has died after she was shot during an altercation with officers at a west Phoenix apartment complex Thursday.

The shooting happened around 3 p.m. near 55th and Clarendon avenues.

Air15 video showed at least 10 Phoenix police vehicles stationed outside the complex with crime tape blocking a portion of the parking lot.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, 50-year-old Michelle Cusseaux called her mental health facility Thursday afternoon and threatened to shoot workers in the face.

Police were called to the complex to assist, but when they arrived, Cusseaux reportedly came at an officer with a hammer, prompting the officer to open fire.

“She had a hammer raised above her head and as she was going toward the officers she was about an arms’ length away is the information I got and the sergeant fired one shot,” said Thompson.

Officers performed CPR before medics arrived on scene.

Michael Evans, who lives next door, said he hit the ground when he heard the gun go off.

"It happened on the other side of my wall so bullets could've come right through my wall."

Cusseaux was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died from her injuries.

No officers were hurt in the incident.

Police say the officer involved is on administrative leave which is standard procedure following officer-involved shootings.

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