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Harrowing moment woman is shot dead after stabbing a police officer

The horrible moment a California woman was shot dead by police as she stabbed a sheriff’s deputy with a butcher knife, after threatening another officer with what appeared to be another knife while being released was captured in video.

Police bodycam footage shows San Diego Sheriff’s replacement Jason Bunch serving 47-year-old Yan Li with an eviction notice at her Acqua Vista condominiums apartment unit on March 3rd.

‘Hi, here’s a message to put out, okay? A message to … ‘Bunch tells Li before she realizes she’s holding what appears to be a chopping knife, or butcher knife, in her right hand and pulling out his weapon.

‘Set it mes del, set it f ****** – mes del … No. Drop the knife. You will be shot. Come on me with that knife, I’ll shoot you. Do not make me this, do not let me shoot you, ‘he warns Li.

The edited video shows Li Bunch asking, ‘how did I know you’re not a burglar? She throws the eviction papers on the floor and speaks indistinctly before slamming her door shut.

Another sheriff’s deputy tried to talk to Li through the door and a K-9 unit was called to de-escalate the situation, police said.

Officers then barricaded themselves inside Li’s unit on the fifth floor and found her barricaded in her bedroom and holding a knife from the chef – an apparently different knife than the one with which she had opened the door.

Law enforcement officers who shot at Li were identified by police as deputies Javier Medina and David Williams, Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Nickel and Officer Rogelio Medina.

Li’s lifeless body could be seen on video as one officer replied that he was stunned when Bunch asked if anyone was injured.

The K-9 unit officer was stabbed in the chest by Li, police said. He was treated at UC San Diego Medical Center and was discharged the same day.

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Deputy Officer Jason Bunch pulled out his rifle after realizing Li had a knife

Forty-seven-year-old Yan Li was shot dead by police after stabbing a San Diego police officer with what appeared to be a butcher knife. One K-9 unit officer was stabbed in the chest by Li, police said. He was treated at UC San Diego Medical Center and discharged the same day

Li first slammed her door shut. Officers stormed into her unit and hit her

Li first slammed her door shut. Officers stormed into her unit and hit her

After, Deputy Bunch serves Li with the eviction papers, he can be heard becoming more and more helpless as he realizes she’s holding a butcher’s knife.

Li then accuses Bunch of a fake police officer, asks where his badge is before and throws the eviction papers on the floor.

Li had allegedly threatened the building’s manager and a maintenance worker before deputies arrived on the scene, but it is unclear if they were aware of the incident.

“While deputies were waiting for additional resources, an employee in the building told that the same woman had threatened a maintenance worker with a knife the previous day,” SDPD Lt. Matt Dobbs NBC.

‘The deputies tried to communicate with [her] about 45 minutes, but could not cooperate. ‘

A deputy sheriff's officer tried to talk to Li through the door and a K-9 unit was called to de-escalate the situation, police said.

A deputy sheriff’s officer tried to talk to Li through the door and a K-9 unit was called to de-escalate the situation, police said.

Law enforcement officers who shot at Li were identified by police as deputies Javier Medina and David Williams, Sheriff Sgt Daniel Nickel and Officer Rogelio Medina

Law enforcement officers who shot at Li were identified by police as deputies Javier Medina and David Williams, Sheriff Sgt Daniel Nickel and Officer Rogelio Medina

Li's lifeless body could be seen on video as one officer replied he was stunned when Bunch asked if anyone was injured

Li’s lifeless body could be seen on video as one officer replied he was stunned when Bunch asked if anyone was injured

The incident at the apartment complex on block 400 of West Beech Street is being investigated while the four officers who shot were shot at office.

The incident at the apartment complex on block 400 of West Beech Street is being investigated while the four officers who shot were shot at office.

About 50 minutes later, they entered the apartment with a set of keys.

That’s what the police said there was probably reason to arrest Li for assault with a deadly weapon, as they posed a threat to public safety.

The incident at the apartment complex on the 400 block of West Beech Street is being investigated, while the four officers who fired the shots have been placed on office duty according to protocol.

She initially appeared to have shot Li with less deadly ‘beanbag’ bullets, before firing several bullets several times when she was not deterred, as video showed her bleeding through her clothing.

“This is just a classic example of unnecessary escalation of a conflict that results in a legal shooting,” civil rights lawyer John Carpenter told the San Diego Tribune

‘The (deputy) job is done, he’s a process server … you serve the process and then leave.’

Carpenter also criticized law enforcement policy for not promptly de-escalating the situation, noting that Li was apparently a ‘woman in crisis’.

“That’s information they learned after the service was completed,” he added. ‘They had not gone there to investigate a persistent call for a knife abuse.’

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