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Woman shot, killed by two JSO officers after police say she attacked with butcher knife

A woman is dead after an argument over medication escalated to an officer-involved shooting.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One woman is dead after she was shot by two officers on Jacksonville's Northside Saturday evening, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

JSO said at 5:13 p.m., Officer E. Meckling responded to a dispute between two roommates in the 1300 block of Golfair Boulevard. The dispute reportedly had to do with stolen medication, according to JSO.

When Meckling arrived at the residence, police said Leah Baker, 29, answered the door while holding a butcher knife. JSO said Baker swung the knife at Meckling, stabbing her in the arm. Meckling then called for backup and told Baker to drop the knife.

JSO said Baker did not follow the command and tried to attack Meckling again. Meckling then fired several rounds at Baker in an effort to stop her.

An off-duty officer named JC Nobles passed by the scene and stopped to assist Meckling. JSO said Nobles also told Baker to drop the knife but that Baker did not follow the command and instead swung at him as well. That's when Nobles also fired several rounds at Baker.

Baker was then rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Meckling was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury.

Nobles has worked with JSO for 18 years and the incident marks his fifth officer-involved shooting. Meckling has worked with JSO for about a year and the incident marks her first officer-involved shooting.

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