LAS VEGAS — A woman armed with two knives was shot by Metro police officer Sgt. Esmeralda Boveda who was reportedly in fear for her life.
The domestic violence situation began Friday evening in an apartment located at the Tropicana Village apartment complex located on Tropicana Avenue near Pecos Road.
The woman armed with two knives has been identified as Tania-Torres-Espinoza.
The 50-year-old woman was involved in a domestic situation with a man inside the apartment.
She reportedly believed he was sleeping with another woman. The argument escalated, and Torres-Espinoza chased the man outside of the apartment and onto the street.
Boveda responded to the call saw the woman on the street right smack dab in the middle of Tropicana Avenue when, according to the officer’s report, Torres-Espinoza raised a knife and advanced on the officer.
She was shot twice.
Las Vegas Metro police have been widely criticized for the number of officer involved shootings, many of them fatal and the department had implemented increased training for officers after they were the target of an investigation.
In this instance the officer either aimed in such a manner so as not to kill the woman or she was just extremely lucky to have survived.
She was transported to the hospital and booked in absentia.
Torres-Mendoza has been charged with with assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a protected person, in the case a police officer, with a deadly weapon, resisting a officer with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.