A knife-wielding woman who was shot and killed by Long Beach police officers after they tried less lethal tactics to stop her from harming them and others has been identified, police said. She was 37-year-old Sinuon Pream of Long Beach, Marlene Arrona said.

It was the first officer-involved shooting of the year in Long Beach.

An online fundraiser said she was the mother of four children. Organizers did not return attempts to reach them.

At about 11:14 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, officers responded to a restaurant on Seventh Street and Bellflower Boulevard regarding a woman threatening people by swinging a knife at them, according to police.

Officers found Pream and tried to deescalate the situation by negotiating with her to surrender, but she refused. She then walked toward the Veterans Hospital. Officers kept attempting to defuse the situation, but she continued to swing the knife at them.

To try to stop her threat to them and others, as well as take her into custody, officers used a conductive electrical weapon, but it was ineffective. Officers continued with verbal commands, but the woman stopped, turned and came toward them with the knife. Then, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Officers began life-saving measures, with Long Beach fire personnel continuing upon arrival and taking her to a local hospital.

More investigating revealed that more than six people had called police about the woman with the knife, trying to stab and cut others. Three victims were found during the investigating, but none of them were injured.

Pream later was declared dead at the hospital. 

The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office is conducting its own investigation of the shooting, as with all officer-involved shootings in L.A. County resulting in injury or death.

Additionally, the Long Beach homicide detail investigates all officer-involved shootings. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call Long Beach homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

—Emily Thornton

Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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