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Feb 5, 2014 7:28 AM by Associated Press

Police: Officer shoots woman, 62, wielding gun

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - Hayward police say officers checking on the welfare of a 62-year-old woman shot and killed her after she brandished a weapon.

Sgt. Eric Melendez says in a statement that two Hayward officers went to the woman's apartment around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the request of Pleasanton police. She had made several 911 calls.

At her apartment, the woman displayed a handgun in a threatening way. Melendez says the woman moved toward the officers and refused repeated orders to drop the gun, so an officer opened fire, fearing for his life.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her name wasn't released.

Police also didn't name the officer but say he's been with the department for a year.

Alameda County District Attorney's Office and Hayward police will investigate.

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