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Police: Woman Threatened Officers With Knife, Flare Gun

Police: Woman Threatened Officers With Knife, Flare Gun

By Julie Hawkins. CREATED May 9, 2013

Omaha, NE - New details today on the officer involved shooting that sent a woman to the hospital with critical injuries.

Around 8:45 Thursday night, 73-year-old Madonna Runco called police because her daughter, 52-year-old Paula Moen, was playing loud music in the garage.

When officers arrived at the home on 103rd Street and Grand Avenue, Ms. Runco told the officers her daughter suffered from mental illness.

Officers approached Moen and asked her to turn the music down, but she refused.

That's when police say she pulled a knife from her purse and threatened the officers with it.

One officer used a taser,  but that wasn't effective.

Moen is then accused of pulling a flare gun from her purse and pointing it at Officer Marisa Boyce, at close range.

That's when Officer Jodi Sautter, a 10 year veteran at OPD, shot Moen in the chest.

"Shocked and surprised because Paula's not a violent person.  she's not an aggressive or violent person," said neighbor Cindy Olson.

She remains in the hospital this morning in stable condition, but is expected to be okay.

Criminal Charges are pending for Moen, they include Attempted 1st Degree Assault of an Officer and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony.