OSBI: Poteau police officer shoots, kills woman with knife

Oklahoma

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A state investigation is underway after a Poteau police officer shot and killed a woman in her home while responding to a domestic disturbance.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced it’s looking into the Wednesday morning shooting death of 39-year-old Mary Lawrence.

The OSBI says a preliminary investigation shows the officer told Lawrence to show her hands and saw that she was holding a knife.

The OSBI reports the officer told her to drop the knife, but instead she charged at the officer, who then shot her.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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