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Cops shoot, kill Queens woman, who confronted them with knife, NYPD says

A 10-inch knife was recovered at the scene, officials said.

Police were in the process of clearing a

Police were in the process of clearing a Queens home where a burglary was reported when an armed woman confronted them, officials said.

A Queens woman who called 911 to report a burglary lunged with a knife at responding officers and was fatally shot by one of them, the NYPD said Monday.

When officers arrived about 5:30 p.m. at a two-family home on 69th Street in Maspeth, a woman, 54, identified herself as the 911 caller and told them she believed a female intruder with a knife or razor was in the upstairs apartment, police said.

As officers searched the apartment, the same woman came in with a 10-inch knife, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.

Body camera video showed the woman was ordered to put the knife down, just before gunfire struck her in the torso, police said. The woman, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

"At some point during the time in the apartment, which was a total of 50 seconds from the time the officers entered the front of the apartment, two shots were fired," Shea said. "The 54-year-old woman came at the officers with a knife and lunged at them. One of the officers gave direction to put the knife down. We know this because there was body camera video. Subsequently one officer discharges his service weapon three times, striking the female in the torso."

A 10-inch knife was recovered at the scene, officials said.

Shea said the motive for the attack is not known but noted that "there is a history of calls to this location."

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