SAN MATEO COUNTY (KRON) — Authorities and the family of a woman shot and killed by San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies are telling far different stories about the moments leading up to the shooting.
The family tells KRON 4’s Mike Pelton the woman who was shot was 18-year old Yanira Serrano.
Authorities say they got a call about an armed woman in the street in the Moondridge Housing Complex.
“Deputies arrived on scene,” Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt tells KRON 4. “Shortly thereafter there was a confrontation where the deputy was in fear for his life and as a result he fired his weapon.”
Serrano’s family tells a different story. They say the woman who was shot has special needs and was refusing to take her medication so the family members called 911 hoping paramedics would show up instead of armed law officers.
“She has special needs and we just want answers,” the woman’s brother, Tiny Serrano says. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”
The deputy who opened fire is now on paid administrative leave. The D.A’s office and sheriff’s detectives are now investigating the shooting.
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