Arvada police shoot, kill woman suspected of knife threats

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ARVADA, Colo. (KDVR) — Update (Aug. 18): Police have identified the woman killed by police as 27-year-old Destinee Thompson. An autopsy has been completed but the cause and manner of death are pending further investigations.

Original (Aug. 17): Arvada police officers on Tuesday shot and killed a woman who reportedly threatened someone with a knife then fled from police.

Police received multiple calls about a woman who was stealing and threatening at least one person with a knife at the Target store on Kipling Street, Arvada Police Department spokesperson Det. Dave Snelling said.

Snelling said officers chased the woman on foot to the area of Kipling and the Interstate 70 frontage road near the American Hotel.

Officers fired shots as the woman tried to drive away in a car, Snelling said. She crashed just west of the frontage road and was pronounced dead on scene.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting to see if use of force was justified.

The Jefferson County Coroner will release the woman’s identity at a later date once her family is notified.

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