Woman with Aspergers threatening suicide shot and killed by police

Arizona police shot and killed a twenty-four-year-old woman with Aspergers on Thursday after law enforcement received reports that the woman was threatening suicide.


Police said that Danielle Jacobs lunged at officers with a kitchen knife, at which time, they believed their lives were in danger. Officers said that they were unaware that Jacobs had Aspergers.


Jacobs was public about her Aspergers creating videos on youtube where she discussed her life and struggles.


Although one of the officers who arrived at Jacob’s home received training in crisis intervention, they were unable to denote her neurological differences.


Neither officer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.


According to the Mesa police department, both officers have been placed on administrative leave.


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