San Diego Woman Shot, Killed by Torrance Police

A San Diego woman was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Torrance Monday.

Torrance Police identified the driver in an officer-involved shooting as Michelle Lee Shirley, 39, of San Diego.

According to police, Shirley was behind the wheel of a damaged vehicle that was moving recklessly through a residential neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Officers said they saw “reckless and dangerous driving” and began pursuit. After police used a “PIT” maneuver to redirect the vehicle, the driver stopped briefly before accelerating in reverse.

Shirley’s car collided with a police vehicle and then struck a second police patrol car.

At 2:36 p.m. a police officer fired striking Shirley. Officials said officers at the scene attempted life-saving measures before Shirley was taken to a nearby hospital.

She was pronounced dead by hospital staff just after 3 p.m.

One officer sustained moderate injuries and was treated and released.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who is reviewing this incident.

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