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Vegas woman shot by police identified

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The Clark County Coroner's office identified a woman who was shot and killed by Las Vegas Metro police officers during a traffic stop over the weekend.

Police said Sharmel Edwards, 49, was suspected of stealing a vehicle and was stopped by officers in the area of Jones Boulevard and Smoke Ranch Road about 1:41 a.m. Saturday.

According to police, Edwards had ignored commands to step out of the vehicle. A SWAT team, a Crisis Intervention Team and a Crisis Negotiation Team were called as the woman continued to refuse commands.

Just as a CIT member was addressing the woman from a loud speaker, Edwards stepped out of the vehicle and pointed a firearm at officers, police said.

That was when five officers opened fire on Edwards, hitting her multiple times.

Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they had received a call earlier from a person identified as the car's owner saying Edwards had taken his car. He also told police a weapon was in the vehicle when it was stolen.

Police are investigating the shooting. The officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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