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Woman dies after getting shot by Phoenix police near 27th Avenue and Indian School

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Posted at 4:56 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 11:39:29-05

PHOENIX — A woman has died after being shot by Phoenix police officers Monday morning.

Officials with the Phoenix Police Department said just after midnight, two officers were in the area of 27th Avenue and Indian School Road on an unrelated traffic stop when they heard gunshots.

The officers located a woman nearby who flagged them down and mentioned her vehicle in the parking lot.

An officer asked the woman if she was armed and gave verbal commands to show her waistband, according to Phoenix police sergeant Maggie Cox.

The woman claimed she was unarmed but refused to show her right-side hip area which appeared to be hiding a weapon, said police.

At that point, other officers arrived on scene and gave verbal commands to the woman, which she refused. She then turned and pointed a handgun toward officers, said sergeant Cox.

Two officers fired their weapons, striking the woman. Police said less-lethal munition from a stun bag was also used by an officer.

The woman was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. She has been identified as 47-year-old Helen Jones.

Investigators say a handgun was recovered at the scene. No officers were injured.

The two officers who fired their weapons have three and four years of experience with the Phoenix Police Department.

Authorities are working to review bodycam footage and the investigation remains ongoing.