ROSEMEAD — Authorities Wednesday released the name of a 40-year-old woman shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy as she allegedly attacked him with a hammer at a social services office.
Jazmyne Ha Eng died at the scene of Tuesday’s 3:40 p.m. deputy-involved shooting at the Asian Pacific Family Center, 9353 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said. Sheriff’s officials said she was a Rosemead resident.
Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Eng was known to the facility staff prior to Wednesday’s incident.
“She had been a patient there suffering from a few maladies relating to mental illness,” the lieutenant said. He declined to give more details on her conditions.
Three deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station responded to a report that a possibly mentally ill woman was sitting in the lobby of the clinic with a hammer in her lap and “acting sort of erratic,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tom McNeal said.
Officials said the woman was a patient at the center, which treats issues such as mental health and substance abuse.
“When deputies entered the lobby of the location, they encountered (Eng), wielding a hammer above her head, screaming,” Deputy Peter Gomez said in a written statement.
Dolson described the weapon as a “full-sized ball peen hammer.”
The deputies tried to talk to the woman but she did not respond to their commands, the deputy said. A deputy tried to shock the woman with a Taser, however it was not effective.
“She then advanced towards to deputies, with hammer over head,” Gomez said. “Fearing for his safety, a deputy fired two rounds from his duty weapon, striking her.”
The hammer was recovered from the scene, officials said.
Representatives from the Asian Pacific Family Center could not be reached for comment.
Detectives were continuing their investigation and gathering information on Eng’s history, Dolson said.
“It’s my understanding that there was a call to her residence the day before,” Dolson said. Further details were not available early Thursday.
The deputies involved in the shooting were not identified Thursday.
Like all Los Angeles County deputy-involved shootings, the incident is being investigated by the sheriff’s department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the County of Los Angeles Office of Independent Review.
Wednesday’s incident was the second shooting involving deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station this week.
A deputy shot at a man, though it was unclear if he was struck, as the deputy tried to arrest the man on suspicion of drug possession, officials said.
The deputy stopped the man as he rode a bicycle about 4:30 p.m. in the 10600 block of Lower Azusa Road, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
A fight ensued and the deputy pepper sprayed the man, though he continued to struggle with the deputy, Lt. Tom McNeal said.
When the suspect reached into his waistband, the deputy feared for his safety and opened fire, McNeal said.
The suspect ran off and remained at large, officials said. It was not clear if he was wounded.