Woman reportedly armed with knife shot, killed by corrections officer at Spokane Co. Jail

SPOKANE, Wash. — A corrections officer shot and killed a woman who officials say was armed with a knife at the Spokane County Jail Friday night.

Officers responded to the shooting shortly before 8 p.m. According to corrections officers, a woman was attempting to get inside the jail. She somehow managed to get past the closed off area, and was banging on the glass when a corrections sergeant at the jail responded.

The woman was able to get past the lobby door, at which point she displayed a knife and “moved aggressively” toward the officer, according to a spokesperson for the county. The officer commanded her to put the weapon down before opening fire. Emergency responders attempted life saving efforts, but the woman died from her injuries.

Jail officials say this is the first shooting to ever take place inside the Spokane County Jail.

The Spokane Independent Investigative Response Team is now investigating the shooting, and the corrections officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.