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Monday, Dec 30 2013 04:54 PM

Taft woman shot after brandishing knife and charging deputies

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

A Taft woman who charged at deputies while brandishing a dagger with a 10-inch blade was shot and later died of her injuries.

Bethany Lytle, 31, fell to the ground after being shot Sunday evening but still didn't drop the dagger, deputies said. She eventually threw the dagger away and airlifted to Kern Medical Center, where she later died.

The incident began at 7:39 p.m. when deputies responded to a residence in the 800 block of Filmore Street. Deputies had prior contacts with Lytle, who had an active warrant out for her arrest.

Another person at the residence told deputies that Lytle had a knife in her possession and was breaking picture frames and other items, deputies said. They went inside the residence and found Lytle seated and speaking incoherently.

Deputies said she suddenly stood up and armed herself with a double-edged dagger.

One deputy activated his Taser, but it was ineffective. Another had his gun drawn and both deputies repeatedly ordered Lytle to drop the dagger.

She refused.

She charged the deputies, closing to within five feet while holding the dagger above her head and making stabbing motions, deputies said. One deputy fired his gun, and Lytle fell to the ground.

She struggled with emergency responders and had to be restrained before given medical aid.

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