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Police shoot, seriously injure woman after she pointed a gun at them, officers say

The incident happened Monday night near 19th Avenue and Bell Road.

PHOENIX — Three officers shot a woman in Phoenix Monday evening after she allegedly failed to yield at a traffic stop and pointed a gun at them, the city's police department said.

The woman, later identified as Melissa Ann Larue, 40, was booked into a hospital with serious injuries. She was later released and booked into jail.

Police were originally called to the scene near 19th Avenue and Bell Road after reports of a suspicious vehicle, officers said. They tried to stop the vehicle, but it drove off.

Officers then used a grappler to immobilize the vehicle, the department said. Larue reportedly didn't comply with officer commands and pointed a handgun in the direction of one of the officers.

It was then that three officers shot Larue. She is now facing possible charges including aggravated assault.

Authorities said the area will be shut down for an extended period of time.

This is an active investigation. Stay with 12News for updates.

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