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Officer stabbed in Little Italy, prompting officer-involved shooting

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Mar 03, 2022

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A K9 officer was stabbed in the chest in Little Italy Thursday afternoon, prompting an officer-involved shooting that left one woman dead, according to San Diego Police.

According to the department, the incident began when officers received a request for "urgent cover" from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at an apartment building on the 400 block of West Beech Street just after 12:30 p.m.

The department said deputies went to the apartment to serve a woman inside with "civil process paperwork." A witness told 10News the paperwork was an eviction notice.

"When they met the female at the door, she was holding a knife, did not cooperate, and eventually closed the door," the department said. While authorities waited for backup, police said they learned the woman threatened a maintenance worker with a knife Wednesday.

After communicating with the woman for roughly 45 minutes, authorities opened the door. That's when, according to police, the woman stabbed the K9 officer in the chest with a "large chef's knife."

The department said three deputies and one SDPD officer shot at the woman. She was struck at least once and was later pronounced dead at the scene. According to San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, the officer was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

The identities of the woman and K9 officer have not been released at this time.

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