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Thursday, Jan 02 2014 04:03 PM

Taft woman shot by deputy died of multiple gunshot wounds


An autopsy performed on a Taft woman shot by a deputy after she charged the deputy with a dagger determined she died of multiple gunshot wounds and her death is a homicide.

The cause and manner of 31-year-old Bethany Christine Lytle's death were included in a Thursday news release from the Kern County coroner's office. Lytle died at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday, about 90 minutes after being shot.

Deputies said they were called to a residence in the 800 block of Fillmore Street and encountered Lytle, who another resident said had a knife in her possession and had been breaking items in the home. Deputies said they first saw Lytle seated and speaking incoherently, but then she grabbed a doubled-edged dagger and stood up.

A Taser was ineffective, and one of the deputies shot her when she ignored demands to drop the weapon and instead charged at them.

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