Did Meagan Hockaday, an African-American woman, have to die in a police-involved shooting this past Saturday in Oxnard, California?
This is a question local authorities will have to answer as they investigate how a domestic violence call led to an officer firing at the 26-year-old, who was wielding a knife when the cop arrived on the scene, KEYT reports.
At approximately 1 a.m. Saturday, a man called 911 to report a dispute he had with Hockaday. An officer named Roger Garcia said he heard screams coming from inside the apartment. Within 20 seconds, Hockaday was shot, and she died at the scene.
"Domestic violence is one of the most challenging calls we go on. Quite frankly, in the city of Oxnard, we average 2,500 domestic violence calls a year," Police Chief Jeri Williams told KEYT.
Three children witnessed the shooting and are with family, following a Child Protective Services evaluation. Officer Garcia is on paid administrative leave. The Ventura County District Attorney is providing assistance in the investigation.
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