Woman, police officer in Bay Terraces shooting identified: Maria Zarco allegedly charged at officers

Officer Michael Barrett opened fire

SAN DIEGO - Authorities released the name Tuesday of a policeman who fatally shot a Bay Terraces woman last weekend when she allegedly charged him in a parking lot outside her residence, clutching a large kitchen knife.

Michael Barrett, a five-year member of the San Diego Police Department, opened fire on 33-year-old Maria Zarco in the 6800 block of Quebec Court shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday, SDPD Lt. Ernie Herbert said. She died at the scene.

Officers had arrived in the neighborhood just north of state Route 54 minutes earlier in response to a domestic disturbance. Callers reported that a woman had stabbed her 9-year-old boy and struck her 15-year-old son in the head with a vase.

As officers began looking for the suspect, a man who also was suffering from stab wounds flagged them down and told them his girlfriend was behaving irrationally and had attacked him and their children.

Medics took the victims to hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Other 911 callers, meanwhile, reported that Zarco was in a parking lot, still armed with the kitchen utensil. Barrett found her there, allegedly threatening two men who were trying to calm her down.

The lawman ordered Zarco several times to drop the knife, but she instead raised it above her head and ran toward at him, prompting him to open fire, according to Herbert.

Police and paramedics performed CPR on the woman in an unsuccessful attempt to revive her, the lieutenant said.


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