Police: W.Va. woman killed by troopers was armed with hammer

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WELCH, W.Va. (AP) - A woman who died after being shot at by two troopers was armed with a claw hammer and had lunged at an officer in a threatening manner, according to the West Virginia State Police .

The woman was identified Friday as Shawna Widemann, 49, of Welch.

Police responded Sunday night to a domestic-violence center in Welch after receiving a call about a person armed with a claw hammer banging on the door.

Police said in a news release that they found Widemann brandishing a claw hammer and that she ignored commands to drop the weapon. The release said she lunged at a trooper before both of the officers fired their weapons. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The troopers were placed on critical-incident leave, and the investigation is ongoing.