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Knife-Wielding Woman Dies in Deputy-Involved Shooting - Graphic Video

HUDSONBody Camera video released just hours after a deputy-involved shooting shows an armed woman lunge toward two Pasco County deputies. Moments later, deputies opened fire, killing the woman.

The incident took place just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Denton Ave and Dane Lane. That's where Pasco County Officials say a passerby was flagged down by a woman who claimed she needed help and to call 911. After speaking with dispatchers, the witness passed the phone to the distraught woman, later identified as 29-year-old Isabella North, who said she "felt like she was going to kill someone," and that she was armed with a knife.

Two Pasco Deputies responded to the scene and tried to talk with North, but she refused to speak with them. Instead, North pulled a 12-inch-long knife and assumed a fighting stance.

Deputies attempted to de-escalate the situation, but North suddenly lunged toward them with the knife pointing in their direction. The two deputies then fired one shot each, striking North.

North was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Officials say the incident will be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, per a standing agreement. The deputies are on administrative leave per PSO's protocol.

In the interest of transparency, a deputy's body camera footage is included to show the totality of the circumstances, say officials.

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) have been a huge success, according to Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, but not every County Sheriff is on board with implementing the devices. Despite most Florida law enforcement agencies using or attempting to acquire BWCs, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis vehemently opposes them. Nienhuis cites privacy concerns, lack of funding, and various other reasons for not considering them, despite overwhelming pleas from residents who demand their implementation.

 

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