A Salinas, California woman was killed by Salinas police early Sunday morning when she threatened officers with a metal crochet hook. Her family says that Maria Irma De La Torre, 45, was disabled and suffered from seizures.
The officers said that they found De La Torre stabbing herself in the neck and had trouble getting her to leave the vehicle. When she emerged, the officers thought that she had a knife and one shot her with a taser and one with a gun in the torso.
What is unclear is why the taser was not sufficient with a small woman approaching two officers. Her family has retained counsel and this is likely to go to court.
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