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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Sheriff: Woman was armed with 10-inch dagger, shot after Taser was ineffective

  • She was identified as Bethany Lytle, 31, of Taft
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  • The woman shot and fatally injured by a Kern County Sheriff's deputy was acting erratically and had to be restrained when deputies were called, the Sheriff's Office said.
    When they arrived, she was armed and charged deputies with a double-edged 10-inch dagger, the Sheriff's Office said in a press release late Monday afternoon.
    The woman was shot after a Taser was ineffective and she ignored commands to drop the knife, the KCSO said
    She was identified as Bethany Lytle, 31, of Taft.
    Deputies were responding to a 911 call from a home on the 800 block of Fillmore Street just after 7:30 p.m.
    Deputies were told while en route that Lytle had a no-bail warrant for her arrest for violating Sheriff's parole.
    Deputies arrived and were told by man that Lytle was brandishing a knife and had been breaking picture frames and other household items inside the residence.
    Deputies went inside and found Lytle "sitting down and speaking incoherently," the news release said, before she suddenly stood and armed herself with the knife.
    Lytle became combative, and a deputy used his Taser but it was not effective,
    A second deputy pulled his gun and both then ordered Lytle to drop the knife.
    She refused, the KCSO said, and charged at deputies,
    One deputy then fired and struck Lytle.
    She want to to the ground but still did not let go of the the knife and refused deputies orders before finally letting go of the weapon.
    Deputies then took her into custody.
    Despite the gunshot wound, the Sheriff said, Lytle continued to struggle and had to be restrained even after fire department and ambulance personnel arrived to treat her.
    Lytle was taken by ground ambulance from the scene to Elk Hills gate 2 and transferred to an air ambulance.
    She was flown to Kern Medical Center where she later died of her injuries.
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