Woman: Officer-involved shooting was justified

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A woman said a police officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning was necessary.

Fort Collins police were called to an apartment complex near the Colorado State University campus, where Breann Anderson lives with her two roommates -- Samantha and Davis.

Davis’ brother David Wheat Jr. was also staying there for the week when police shot and killed him.

"I honestly don’t know how it started," Anderson said.

She said it seemed to come out of nowhere.

"He was in a good mood. Perfectly fine. We came back from work and he wasn’t good. He was really ... angry, throwing out threats. Violent," she said.

Anderson said that’s when she called police.

"We called the cops to get him help because he was talking about suicide," she said.

Before police got there, Anderson said Wheat snapped.

"David came running out of the apartment door with a knife and ran up to Samantha and stabbed her," she said.

Samantha was stabbed in the shoulder and is expected to be OK, Anderson said.

"She started running down the street and then he turned around to stab me," she said.

But that didn't happen because her dog attacked Wheat before he could hurt Anderson.

"If it wasn’t for my dog, he would have stabbed me," she said.

In the meantime, Fort Collins officers Tyler Patterson and Adam Brunjes showed up, using deadly force to stop Wheat. Anderson said it was necessary.

"They told him to get on the ground, but he wouldn’t get on the ground. They did tackle him. And they told him to drop the weapon at least five or six times,"  Anderson said. "They told him to 'drop the weapon, drop the weapon.' He was flailing the knife at the cops and then I watched them shoot him."

Wheat died at the scene. The officers have been placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

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