Woman Shot Dead by Fullerton PD After Stabbing Therapist

Blood Orange still drips. Illustration by Dustin Ames.

A therapist’s office in Fullerton became the scene of a deadly police shooting yesterday morning. Around 7:34 a.m., Fullerton police received the first of two 9-1-1 calls alerting them to a woman armed with a knife. The second came from a therapist who told dispatchers that a patient had just stabbed her. 

Police responded to the 1600 block of East Chapman Avenue immediately within minutes. By that time, the suspect barricaded herself with the therapist in her office near the corner of Chapman and Acacia Avenue. Details are slim after that. Authorities say two officers barged in and opened fire after confronting the woman armed with a knife. 

When paramedics arrived, they declared the suspect dead at the scene. Police describe the 40-year-old therapist as having wounds consistent with being attacked with a knife. She was transported to a local trauma center for treatment of non-life threatening wounds. 

Another patient identified the therapist as Jacki Stevens, a licensed clinical social worker, to KNBC-TV Channel 4 news reporter Vikki Vargas. The deceased suspect has yet to be identified by the Orange County Coroner’s office.

The Orange County’s District Attorney’s office is investigating the incident. Check back in about a year or so to find out why the officer-involved shooting was justified. 

In the meantime, Fullerton police released the following photo of the knife recovered on scene. 

Gabriel San Román is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and the tallest Mexican in OC. He also once stood falsely accused of writing articles on Turkish politics in exchange for free food from DönerG’s!

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