Police fatally shoot woman armed with dagger

Woman threatened police with a weapon

A woman from Taft was shot and killed after she failed to drop a dagger she was threatening deputies with, according to Kern County Sheriff's Department deputies.

On Sunday at about 7:40 p.m., deputies from the Taft Substation were sent to a home in the 800 block of Filmore Street in response to an unknown situation.  

Deputies said they had prior contacts with the people who live at the home.

While deputies were driving to the location, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center told deputies that the resident, 31-year-old Bethany Lytle of Taft had an active no bail arrest warrant for a Sheriff’s parole violation.

When deputies arrived at the location, they said they spoke to a man who told deputies Lytle was brandishing a knife, breaking picture frames and other household items inside the home.

The man also told deputies Lytle had to be held down on the ground while 911 was called.

Deputies went into the home to check the welfare of Lytle. Deputies said they found Lytle inside the home sitting down and speaking incoherently. Lytle suddenly stood up and armed herself with a double edged dagger with an approximate ten inch blade, deputies said.

Lytle became combative and one deputy immediately deployed and activated his Taser, but it was ineffective, according to officials. Another deputy had his duty weapon drawn and both deputies repeatedly ordered Lytle to drop the dagger, but she refused and charged at the deputies, according to officials.

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, but did not drop the dagger.

Lytle continued to refuse deputies orders to drop the dagger, deputies said. Lytle eventually threw the dagger away and deputies took her into custody, according to deputies.

Medical aid immediately arrived to the home to treat Lytle’s injuries. Lytle was uncooperative and struggled with medical aid to the point she had to be restrained. Lytle was airlifted to Kern Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

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