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Woman killed after aiming gun at police

A woman was killed Saturday afternoon after pointing a weapon at officers, the Phoenix Police Department said in a release.

Police received an emergency call on Oct. 27 about 12:45 p.m. from a female who claimed a male was holding people hostage in a home near 17400 N. 16th Ave.

Two officers were the first to arrive on the scene, one equipped with a rifle. They approached the home, discovered the door was open and retreated to safety behind their vehicle.

After the officers took cover, a 58-year-old white female approached and entered the home, despite warnings from officers. She emerged about one minutes later, carrying a handgun.

Officers again issued commands that the woman ignored. She pointed the handgun at officers, who returned fire, killing her.

Other officers arrived on-scene shortly after and discovered that the nine individuals in the home were not being held hostage. It was also determined, through interviews, that the deceased woman wanted to be killed by police.

The woman’s identity has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.