Woman shot by Lynchburg officer after attacking them with knives, police say

LPD said it happened as officers responded to an assault call on Friday morning

LYNCHBURG, Va.A woman was shot by a Lynchburg officer after authorities say she attacked them and a Child Protective Services staff member on Friday morning.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Longview Road around 9:37 a.m. on Friday morning for the report of a Child Protective Services personnel being attacked by a woman, LPD said.

When officers got to the woman’s apartment, they said they identified themselves and asked her to come to the door. She opened the door, and attacked the responding officers with knives, according to LPD.

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Police said an officer then discharged their department-issued handgun, shooting the woman.

Immediately after that, authorities said they requested Lynchburg Fire & EMS come out and assist. Crews then took the woman to the Lynchburg General Hospital, and as of 2:18 p.m., the woman was listed in serious condition.

Chief Ryan Zuidema contacted the Virginia State Police to investigate the incident, and the officer involved has been placed in a non-enforcement, limited-duty status until the investigation wraps up, according to the Lynchburg Police Department.

10 News spoke with a neighbor who said they watched the whole thing unfold.

“I heard put down a weapon … a gunshot,” Adam Wynes said. “It’s just really terrifying to see. I’m bringing my kid down here. I don’t need violence around.”

He told us he didn’t think the situation needed to escalate.

“They went up to the building. I heard ‘Put down the weapon.’ The woman cussed and I heard a gunshot and that was it,” Wynes said. “If she had a knife that could have easily been prevented. Just tased her and had her detained. I mean, there was no sense in shooting.”

10 News will continue to provide updates as we learn more.

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