Sheriff's Deputy Shoots, Kills Half Moon Bay 18-Year-Old Woman

Sheriff's officials say they responded to a report of a "violent woman" Tuesday night.

Screenshot via NBC Bay Area News.
Screenshot via NBC Bay Area News.
 An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed by a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy in a coastside housing complex Tuesday night, and she has been identified as Yanira Serrano-Garcia of Half Moon Bay, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

 San Mateo County sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said deputies responded at about 9:20 p.m. to a report of a violent female who was possibly armed at the Moonridge housing somplex on Miramontes Point Road, located east of state Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay.

 "Upon arrival there was a confrontation with the subject and fearing for his life, the deputy discharged his weapon," she said in a press statement.  "Fire and Medics were called to the scene as well as the Coroner’s Office who subsequently declared the individual, an 18-year-old female as being deceased."

 The woman was later identified as Serrano-Garcia.

 No deputies were injured in the incident.

 A joint investigation by San Mateo County's sheriff's office and district attorney's office is underway into the shooting of Serrano-Garcia.

– Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

catberry June 06, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Yep..police mean business and for the normal healthy individual having a police point a gun at you would be enough to surrender. Unfortunately this doesnt work for people with mental illness and in the middle if a crisis. They dont think like a normal person.
Kniqui Hackborn June 06, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Terrible report. After checking several sources it seems the family called for help with a mentally I daughter not taking medication. She had a knife and even a family member thought a taser would have been more appropriate than a gun. How sad this is. I remember Cau Bich Tran a diminutive woman was shot dead by police with a knife in her hand. Can we not do better for these mentally ill women? Yes they are crazed and with a knife, but what about tasers or female negotiators in their native language? Perhaps it is better not to call the police but some private intervention agency. Any VCs interested?
Donna Coutchavlis-Wong June 06, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Sheriff's Jurisdiction? Or should it of been HMB Police dept. responding. Sheriff's cover the beach etc..... I am not surprised by the shoot first ask questions later mentality. I wish a family member or two could of grabbed her wrist from behind and force the knife out. So sad and sorry for this outcome.
Adriana Juarez June 08, 2014 at 11:14 AM
I don't think the family would lie about her being shot in the back and the cop was only there for 20 seconds and he wasn't even close enough to feel threatened. He was wrong in shooting her and how could you feel threatened by a butter knife.
Patti Jones June 08, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Adriana, It's Patti who used to work with you. I have been trying to find your number with no success, please call or text me on my cell # of 650-288-8216.


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