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Woman dies after being shot by Clackamas sergeant, police say

A knife-wielding resident at a housing unit for people suffering from mental illness was fatally shot by a Clackamas County sergeant after she threatened him and her neighbors.
FROM KGW-TV WEB SITE ... YIKES... (please don't shoot anybody today)

Woman dies after being shot by Clackamas sergeant, police say

04:07 PM PDT on Friday, September 3, 2004

By ABE ESTIMADA, kgw.com Staff

A knife-wielding resident at a housing unit for people suffering from mental illness was fatally shot by a Clackamas County sergeant after she threatened him and her neighbors.


Joyce Staudenmire, 36, was shot once in the chest when it appeared she was about to stab another resident, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Staudenmire was alive when she was transported to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. But she died later Friday afternoon.

The sergeant, who has about 20 years experience with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is on paid administrative leave, said Deputy Joel Manley. His name will be released on Monday, and the sheriff's department is continuing to investigate the case, Manley said.

The sergeant was summoned to the Chez Ami housing complex on 8358 SE Causey St. in Clackamas County to help mental health staff take Staudenmire into custody for an evaluation about 10 a.m. on Friday, Manley said.

Authorities were called to Chez Ami because Staudenmire was known to carry a weapon in her purse, Manley said. When he arrived at Chez Ami, Staudenmire wasn't home.

At some point, Staudenmire came back to the building where she lived and began threatening about five residents in the lobby with a knife. The sergeant saw the Staudenmire and went into the lobby.

Staudenmire saw the sergeant and began walking towards him with the knife raised, Manley said. But between she and the sergeant was another resident.

"She was holding the knife above her head" and looked as if she was going to stab the resident, Manley said. That's when the sergeant made the decision to fire one shot from his service pistol, he said.

Witnesses also said Staudenmire was so close to the sergeant that they thought that he was stabbed.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

(KGW reporter Dave Northfield contributed to this report.)