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Woman with large knife shot and killed by police at Denver intersection, chief says

Police say officers shot and killed a woman holding a large hunting knife at an intersection in downtown Denver on Sunday

DENVER — Officers shot and killed a woman holding a large hunting knife at an intersection in downtown Denver on Sunday, police said.

Officers used a Taser on the woman twice, but she began advancing on them as they tried to back away, Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas said at a news conference near the scene. Three officers shot at her, he said.

The shooting will be investigated and the results will be sent to prosecutors to decide whether the shooting was lawful, he said.

“My belief is that the officers perceived a significant threat and responded to that threat,” Thomas said.

The woman’s age and name were not immediately known.

The shooting happened around noon in an area near Coors Field.