Modesto police Thursday released the names of the two officers who shot and killed a woman Tuesday after she walked onto the playground of a school, cutting herself with a large knife in front of children and school officials.
Officers Gillian Christensen and Jared Ramirez were forced to fire shots at Elizabeth Catherine Kropp after she ran toward them carrying a meat cleaver at Catherine Everett Elementary School, said Sgt. Brian Findlen.
Kropp, 43, of Modesto, was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Findlen said Christensen has worked for the Modesto Police Department for 8½ years, and Ramirez has worked for the department for 4½ years.
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The officers remain on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure.