SAUGUS (CBS) — A 38-year-old woman was fatally shot Saturday by a Saugus police officer on Alfred Road after officers were called to a home for “a request of a female family member in distress”, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.
Sources told WBZ-TV’s I-Team that officers were responding to a call about a suicidal woman on Alfred Road. The Essex DA’s office confirmed that three Saugus Police officers responded to the call at around 4:30 p.m.
The Essex DA’s office says once officers entered the woman’s home, she was brandishing a knife. According to I-Team sources, the woman lunged at an officer with the knife.
One of the officers then fired three shots at the woman, mortally wounding her. After officers and EMS tried to provide aid, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to WBZ-TV’s Zinnia Maldonado, the woman was a mother of two young kids.
Family on scene say the victim was a mother of two young children @wbz
— Zinnia Maldonado (@ZinniaDee_TV) August 14, 2021
None of the officers were injured. The officer who shot the woman has been put on administrative leave, which is department policy, according to the Essex DA’s office.
As of Saturday night, the woman’s name has not been released.