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April 18, 2016 6:25am PST

Disturbing video footage shows the horrifying moment a police officer was forced to shoot a woman dead after she came at him with an ax.

According to GOP The Daily Dose, Tennessee police officer James Spray was  responding to reports that a Sumner County Sheriff had been injured by a woman with an ax when the incident occurred. After he exited his vehicle, the woman, LaRonda Sweatt, 40, approached Spray with her ax. The officer demanded she get on the ground, but she refused to comply.

Spray eventually had no choice but to fire two shots at Sweatt, and she later died at the hospital.


Before the shooting, Sweatt had attacked Sumner County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Pickard when he arrived at her home to serve her an eviction notice. The officer has since been released from the hospital.

“Laronda was a very sweet, caring person until you pushed her,” Laronda’s mother, Ella, told WKRN. “Laronda wasn’t violent unless you made her violent. She was a good mother, she took good care of her child. Her and I had our ups and downs, but she was my only child out of five, and I love Laronda dearly.”

Sweatt’s cousin told the Tennessean that she suffered from mental health issues.

“She was a good person. It could have been avoided, him killing her and shooting her in the chest like that,” he stated.

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