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Tucson probes officer-involved shooting

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Posted: Monday, May 4, 2009 3:39 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

TUCSON  — Homicide detectives and members of the Tucson Police Department internal affairs bureau are investigating an officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of a woman described by family members as suicidal.

Police were called to the home of 57-year-old Joanna Lee Smith on Saturday night by members of Smith’s family.

Tucson police spokesman Sgt. Mark Robinson says officers tried to talk Smith out, but she refused to cooperate.

As officers broke a front window, Robinson said, Smith showed herself and pointed a .38-caliber revolver at police.

An officer armed with a rifle fired one shot, wounding Smith. She was taken to the hospital and died late Saturday night.

Robinson said a board of inquiry will review the results of the investigation.

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