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Oil City Police Officer Shoots Woman, Claims Self Defense

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An Oil City woman is dead after she was shot by a police officer.

State Police say that an Oil City officer shot and killed 68 year old Marilyn Elizabeth Peterson, and it was allegedly in self defense.

Three Oil City police officers responded to a mental health call around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night, and when they entered the home, police say Peterson had a weapon.

She was waving a large kitchen knife, clearly distraught.

Inside a home at 401 Central Avenue, Peterson became aggressive when police asked her to drop the knife.

She reportedly walked toward the officers, brandishing the knife in a threatening, slashing motion.

We're told police used other, non-lethal methods to attempt to stop her, but when that didn't work, one officer fired a shot into her upper torso.

Neighbor Rodney Ruth said it all happened in the span of just a few minutes.

"They talked to them for maybe a minute, they went inside and this all happened within like four minutes," Ruth said. "They went inside, pop, boom, she was dead."

At this time police are not releasing the name of the officer who fired the shot.

The three officers who responded to the call are assigned to administrative duties until the investigation closes.

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