A standoff in Kansas City ended with a woman's death. Police say they had to use lethal force to end the situation.
The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Ashley Fulkerson.
Officers were in the area of Northeast 38th and Jackson streets about 1:30 p.m. Friday doing proactive work to combat criminal and drug activity in the neighborhood. They saw a woman walking down the street with a sword in the direction of a daycare center.
The officers tried to talk to her, but she ran. She then attempted to enter several homes unlawfully.
She was able to break into one house, and the home’s alarm system went off. She locked the door behind her.
Police later determined the people who lived in the house were not home. Their alarm system alerted them someone had entered their backdoor.
While officers were surrounding Robert and Gabrielle Person’s home, they were at work. After the alarm alert, Robert Person got a call from police telling him a woman was inside their home.
“The alarm went off so police were able to get here before we did," Gabrielle Person said.
"It’s a surreal situation because someone’s in your house," Robert Person said. “She came in and she had a knife and then possibly from there left our house and we have a decorative sword.”
Robert and Gabrielle are thankful they were not home to encounter the woman.
“If we hadn’t had that alarm he might have come home to feed the cats and been there with her," Gabrielle Person said. "That would have been terrible.”
Because the woman was armed and would not come out, police called an Operation 100, which brings in extra resources to the scene, including tactical officers, negotiators and others in an attempt to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.
The nearby daycare went on lockdown.
After the woman had been in the house for about an hour and 20 minutes, she came out and fled into a nearby detached garage, still holding the sword, police said.
While she was fleeing, officers used several less-than-lethal options to disarm her and get her into custody. Although she was struck numerous times, they were ineffective. Officers surrounded the structure to keep her from escaping into the neighborhood.
Police used several tactics to get her to surrender, including negotiators, pepper spray and additional beanbag-type rounds.
Negotiators tried reaching out to her by phone and through a public address system, but she would not make contact with them.
After being repeatedly instructed to disarm, she exited the detached garage about 4 p.m. and ran toward officers with the sword, resulting in the officers firing fatal shots at her.
An ambulance had been staged nearby, and paramedics responded immediately. They pronounced her dead at the scene.
Police recovered a 27-inch steel sword at the scene.
No one other than the suspect was injured.
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