- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The children of a woman shot by police in Northern California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, arguing that she was shot in the back and never pointed a gun at officers.

The Oakland Tribune (https://bayareane.ws/1jVGOSA ) says the federal civil rights suit was filed Thursday against the city of Emeryville over the February death of Yuvette Henderson.

Police say the 38-year-old woman was killed after she was caught shoplifting knives from a Home Depot, tried to carjack three people and pointed a gun at two officers.

A coroner’s report says she was shot three times in the head and back.

The suit contends that Henderson wasn’t facing the officers and didn’t point her gun at them.

Emeryville Police Chief Heather Tejada said Thursday that the shooting was tragic but justified.

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