An officer was justified in shooting a woman who charged at police with knives after fatally stabbing her 4-year-old grandson, Buffalo’s police commissioner said Thursday.
Charlene Fears was covered in blood and had a butcher knife in each hand when she came at two officers and refused their repeated orders to drop the weapons, Commissioner Daniel Derenda told reporters Thursday, a day after the shooting inside a Buffalo home.
“It became a life or death situation for the officers,” he said, citing the initial investigation.
But police said little about what happened before the shooting that led Fears to apparently stab grandson Roderick Geiger III more than once. It was likely the child’s blood on her when she was shot, Derenda said. The 4-year-old died later at a hospital.
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