- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A woman shot and killed by police in an armed confrontation in front of a northern Idaho hospital had been taken there by her husband, who told emergency workers that she had a knife and was exhibiting erratic and aggressive behavior, according to law enforcement officers.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office released additional details Thursday about the July 8 shooting of Jeanette Riley. The 35-year-old woman was shot and killed by Sandpoint police after they said she refused to drop a knife and refused to stop advancing on the officers.

The hospital’s emergency department called 911 just after 9 p.m. on the evening of the shooting, reporting that a man had walked into a lobby and said his wife was outside in their van, threatening to attack anyone who approached her, investigators said.

“The man said his wife was threatening to attack anyone trying to approach her. The man said he did not know what to do or where he could take his wife to get help,” Det. Sgt. Gary Johnston said in the statement.

The man left the lobby and the hospital initiated a lockdown. Meanwhile, the county dispatch center sent three officers from the Sandpoint Police Department - Skylar Ziegler, Mike Valenzuela and Garrett Johnson - to the scene in marked patrol cars, according to the sheriff’s office. The officers arrived just three minutes later and found the Riley’s white van parked in front of the emergency entrance.

The sheriff’s office said that’s when Riley exited the van, armed with a knife.

“Riley was non-compliant; refused to stop her approach; and refused to drop the knife,” the statement said.

Two officers fired at her a minute later, according to the investigator’s time line. The identities of the two who fired haven’t been released; all three officers who responded have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is pending.

“Officers secured the knife and immediately began life-saving measures,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “Nearby EMS and medical staff were summoned. Riley was rushed into the (emergency department) where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.”

A Bonner emergency medical service log indicated Riley was shot in the chest, but the sheriff’s office hasn’t released how close she was to the officers when they fired.

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