Deputy cleared for deadly force used against violent woman in Taft

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Sheriff's deputy was cleared for a fatal altercation in Taft that left a woman dead.

On Dec. 29, deputies confronted a woman with a warrant who was being violent, officials said.

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Thirty-one-year-old Bethany Lytle armed herself with a 10-inch knife, threatening deputies. Deputies shot her with a Taser gun, which they said did not stop Lytle.

Deputies said Lytle closed the distance to the deputies within five feet and held the dagger above her head while making a stabbing motion.    

One of the deputies opened fire and Lytle fell to the ground. After additional struggle, she was transported to the hospital where she died.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Incident Review Board convened Tuesday to consider the use of force by Deputy Frisbie.

The Incident Review Board consisted of Chief Deputy Shelly Castaneda, Chief Deputy Francis Moore, Chief Deputy Brian Wheeler and Chief Deputy Kevin Zimmermann.

After a review of all the facts in this case, the Incident Review Board determined that the use of force by Deputy Frisbie was within Sheriff’s Office policy.

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