Modesto officers identified in fatal shooting

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.

The officers remain on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure.