Mesa police shot and killed a woman Saturday night after officers responded to a report of a woman threatening to commit suicide, a police spokesman said.

Detective Steve Berry, a Mesa police spokesman, said in an email Sunday that the woman ran from officers when they arrived and tried to talk to her at an apartment in the 1700 block of South Extension Road, south of U.S. 60.

As the woman ran, officers followed her and noticed she was holding a handgun, Berry said. They told the woman to drop the weapon, but she didn’t comply, he said.

The officers then fired bean bags at the woman to try to disarm her, but it didn’t work, police said.

The woman, still holding the handgun, then turned toward the officers, “causing them to feel threatened,” Berry said. The officers then fired their duty weapons, striking the woman, he said.

The Mesa Fire and Medical Department treated the woman and took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Police didn’t release other details, such as the identify of the officers or the shooting victim. Berry said the investigation is ongoing.

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