- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner is demoting a sergeant over the fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman last year.

Police spokesman Trent Crump said Friday that Yahner has accepted a department disciplinary review board’s recommendation to demote Sgt. Percy Dupra.

Crump says police will not comment further since Dupra can appeal.

An internal review showed Dupra’s use of force didn’t comply with departmental policy.

Investigators say Dupra shot 50-year-old Michelle Cusseaux in August 2014 when she allegedly charged mental health workers while wielding a hammer.

Officers had been called to a Phoenix apartment complex to serve an emergency mental health pickup order on Cusseaux.

Frances Garrett, Cusseaux’s mother, says she is outraged that Dupra was not fired.

Cusseaux’s family has filed a $7 million lawsuit against the city.

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