SAN JOSE (KCBS) — A 19-year-old woman was shot and killed by San Jose police Thursday morning after officers responded to a report that she threatened to shoot her family with an Uzi-like weapon, though it was determined she was holding a cordless drill.
Police responded to a report at around 10:36 a.m. that a woman was threatening to shoot her family in the 700 block of Blossom Hill Road near Santa Teresa Boulevard, south of Highway 85.
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“We had a call, someone with an Uzi threatening to kill family members,” said San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales. “A very, very serious situation, a very dangerous situation for our officers. We had communication with this person. Unfortunately, at some point those communications either broke down, or the officers felt threatened in some form or fashion and one of the officers discharged their firearm.” The woman was struck at least one time by gunfire. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:39 p.m.
Morales said during their investigation, it was determined the woman was actually carrying “a cordless drill painted flat black”
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Officer Wakana Okuma, a 13-year veteran with the San Jose Police Department, was the officer involved in the shooting and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the shooting. No officers were injured in the incident.