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Spokane Valley deputies successfully disarm knife-wielding woman

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Over the weekend Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies used four beanbag rounds to disarm a woman acting strangely and carrying a knife in each hand. Over the weekend Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies used four beanbag rounds to disarm a woman acting strangely and carrying a knife in each hand.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Over the weekend Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies used four beanbag rounds to disarm a woman acting strangely and carrying a knife in each hand.

Deputy Derell Stidham responded to a call Sunday afternoon when a neighbor reported a woman waving a box cutter at him. The neighbor reported the woman was making statements about the devil and acting in a way the neighbor had never seen her act before.

When Deputy Stidham arrived on the scene at the intersection of E. Rich Ave. and N. Avalon Rd., in Spokane Valley, the woman was standing outside talking to herself and laughing. Deputy Stidham approached the woman and asked if she was okay when she spun around and yelled "Get off my property!" before reaching down and picking up two large knives and running at the deputy.

Deputy Stidham drew his gun and retreated. The woman tripped and fell while running, allowing the Sheriff's Deputy time to call for backup.

When additional deputies showed up, they used a moving patrol car as cover to approach the woman while continually demanding that she drop the knives in her hands. When she did not drop the knives, deputies fired beanbag rounds at her legs with little effect. When the woman began to approach the deputies with the knives, two more beanbag rounds were fired and the woman was taken into custody and brought to a local hospital.

While at the hospital the woman said she was convinced Deputy Stidham was the devil dressed in a police uniform. She apologized and thanked the deputy for not shooting her.

The woman was not charged with a crime.

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