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Woman shot and killed by Las Vegas police identified

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Updated: 4/23/2012 8:47 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The woman shot and killed by Las Vegas police Saturday has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office.

Police say Sharmel T. Edwards, 49, of Las Vegas pointed a gun at officers who were investigating a report of a stolen car.

According to the officers, a man reported that a woman he knew stole his car, but the woman ignored officers' commands after she was pulled over shortly after 1:30 a.m.

They say after she pointed a gun at them, five officers fired handguns and struck her multiple times. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on routine paid administrative leave while the case is under investigation.

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