Security guard in LA allegedly shoots and kills woman attacking him with a screwdriver

LOS ANGELES, CA – Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating after a security guard opened fire on a woman who was allegedly attacking him with a screwdriver and a fire extinguisher. The guard was not injured during the alleged attack, but the woman accused in the incident died at the hospital.

A woman, who has been described as a transient, was at a Hollywood Ralphs grocery store on August 7th when she came across an armed security guard. While police have not released a motive, the woman armed herself with what was described as a heavy fire extinguisher and began attacking the guard.

LAPD West Bureau Homicide Lieutenant Robert Peters told KTLA5, "What occurred was a confrontation between an individual and a security guard at the Ralphs grocery store. During the confrontation, the individual armed themselves with a heavy fire extinguisher and was using it as a weapon, alternately putting the fire extinguisher down to arm themselves with a screwdriver.”

When the guard saw the woman approaching him with the screwdriver, using it as a weapon, he drew his firearm and fired one round, striking her in the chest and ending the threat. The guard called 911 to report the shooting and attempted life saving measures until relieved by paramedics.

The woman, who has yet to be identified, was rushed to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. According to reports, the guard did not sustain any injuries during the attack.

Detectives working the case reported the security guard has been fully cooperating with their investigation and told them he was in some type of altercation with the woman prior to the shooting. However, they have not revealed what prompted the altercation or exactly what it entailed.

Detectives are seeking anyone with any information to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide at 213 382-9470. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the LA Regional Crime Stopper at 800 222-8477.
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