Unfortunately he had no choice. Another example of a police officer acting on his training to save lives.

Via AP / ABC 11.

A police officer fatally shot a developmentally disabled woman inside a western Wisconsin Wal-Mart after she refused to drop a hatchet she had grabbed from a shelf, authorities say.

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said the woman was shopping with chaperones Friday at the store in Lake Hallie, between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. The sheriff said Lake Hallie police were called around 5 p.m. after she grabbed a hatchet from a sporting goods department shelf and began swinging it, using it on pillows and other items before officers showed up.

He said police arrived and ordered her to drop the hatchet.

“She did not cooperate, and then apparently lunged at the officer, and he did what he is trained to do, and shot her,” Kowalczyk said Friday.

The woman was taken to an Eau Claire hospital with wounds to her abdomen and thigh. Chippewa County Coroner Ronald Patten said Saturday that the 25-year-old woman died Friday night and that an autopsy was planned for Sunday.

Authorities did not immediately release the woman’s name. Kowalczyk said she was a resident of the Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled in Chippewa Falls.

He said the woman became disruptive when it was time to leave the store.


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  1. ancientwrrior says:

    Unfortunately, this type of person belongs in the mental hospitals that are no more. Why are they no more? Because the progressive feel good people believe that the poor dears should not be locked away for their own good. The end result is that many of them end up dead, now how does that help them (NOT).

  2. cbldski says:

    Unfortunate yes, but also proves you should never bring a hatchet to a gun fight…

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