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Woman who threatened police shot by officers

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A Phoenix woman was shot and killed Saturday afternoon by Phoenix Police officers after they say she threatened them with a handgun.

It happened near 16th Avenue and Bell Road about 1 p.m.

Police initially went to the neighborhood because of a call about a hostage situation. They arrived to find a completely different scenario -- there were no hostages but a woman threatening them with a gun.

The sound of gunfire interrupted Sharon and YT Braden's Saturday afternoon.

"They got one bad house in the neighborhood so the cops are there quite a bit," says YT Braden.

But this time the outcome was deadly. Police say a woman in her 50s threatened them with a gun in the front yard of a home.

"She did not drop the weapon that she had in her hand. Two of the officers feeling that their life was in jeopardy fired upon this particular individual," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

The woman died from her injuries. Now police are trying to figure out if the woman made false claims of a hostage situation just to get police to the home.

"That will be something that we want to know about, if in fact she was trying to entice the officers to this location, but again we don't know if she called or if it was somebody else who called."

The Bradens say after seeing disturbances at that home for decades, they hope it will now come to an end.

"You could come out walk down the street without thinking somebody's going to get you or shoot you or whatever," says Braden.

Nine people were inside the home -- they are all okay. The woman's name has not been released.

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