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Phoenix Police Chief speaks about mental health response changes

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Two investigations and an independent review are underway in the case of a woman shot and killed by Phoenix Police last week.

Officers were going to bring 50 year-old Michelle Cusseaux to a mental health facility.

But when they arrived at her apartment complex near 55th Ave & Clarendon, Cusseaux came out swinging with a hammer, so an officer opened fire.

As the investigations are conducted the Phoenix Police Department is also discussing some changes.

FOX 10 spoke with Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia. We asked him whether there were any other options, possibly less lethal, that could have been used to subdue Cusseaux. 

"We're getting too close to the investigation, and I really can't go there, I will tell you that when we look at all the mental health training these are questions we're going to be asking ourselves as well," said Garcia.

In the wake of the death of Michelle Cusseaux, Chief Garcia immediately ordered:
  • *More officer training in dealing with people who suffer from mental illness
  • *A complete review of mental health pickup procedures
  • *Doubling the amount of on-officer cameras in the field
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