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Woman, 57, Armed with Handgun Was Shot, Killed by Concord Police Thursday Evening

Concord police officers shot and killed a woman armed with a handgun Thursday evening, according to a police official.

Officers responded to a report of a suicidal female in the 2700 block of Pacheco Street around 5:30 p.m., Lt. David Hughes said.

The woman, later identified as 57-year-old Valeri Hawkins, told a police dispatcher she had a gun and wanted to kill herself, according to Hughes.

Arriving officers found Hawkins standing outside of a residence holding a handgun, he said.

An officer ordered her to drop the firearm but she refused and pointed the gun at him, Hughes said. The officer feared for his life and fired one shot at Hawkins in self-defense, he said.

Officers performed CPR on her but she was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to Hughes.

Hawkins is a Concord resident with a history of mental illness, Hughes said.

The Contra Costa County sheriff's and district attorney's offices are assisting Concord police in investigating the shooting.

No one else was injured in the incident.

--Bay City News
Guillermo Daniel Elenes May 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Suicide by cop, is sad. the officers responding should have been aware of the mental state of the woman. Hard to say how this could have ended differently.
Colleen Finley May 28, 2014 at 04:30 PM
The mental state of the woman was obvious!!! Aim a gun at an officer, you die. That's the way it works. What's sad, is now the officer has to deal with the woman's stupidity.

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