Police pursue and fatally shoot woman

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Cedar Rapids Police say they shot at a woman only after she pulled out a gun as officers approached her car.

Police said the woman ignored their attempt to stop her at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  Instead, they said, she continued to drive for about a mile and a half with police in pursuit.   

When she eventually pulled over on a dead-end street, the woman allegedly pulled out a gun as police approached her car. 

That’s when police ordered her to put down the gun.  When she did not comply, police shot her.

A witness said he thinks one officer fired three shots at the car.

The woman, whose name was not yet released, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead just after 3 a.m.

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