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Family wants answers after police shoot, kill woman with knife

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JOHNS CREEK, GA (CBS46) -

The family of a woman shot and killed by Johns Creek Police is looking for answers. They say their loved one was mentally ill and they were trying to get help for her when they called 911.

The shooting happened just after 7 a.m. Saturday on Abbots Bridge Road and Sweet Creek Road in Johns Creek. Police responded to a call of a person with knife.

The Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Awad Law Firm are now representing the family of 36 year-old Shukri Said.

"They called for help and their hope was she would receive help, that she would be taken to a hospital to be treated for her illness. They were obviously mortified and horrified to learn that Shukri was not helped that day, she was shot and she was killed," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia.

The groups representing the family said Said had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and on the morning of the shooting, she heard voices. She grabbed a knife from the kitchen and left the house, not listening to family members, they said. They said her sister made it clear to 911 that her sister was mentally ill.

"We were told there was a female on scene who was armed with a knife and had attempted to cut someone at the residence," Johns Creek Police Captain Chris Byers said Saturday.

When officers arrived at the scene, they made attempts to de-escalate the situation using less lethal force, including the use of a taser and a foam exact impact round.

Police say they ultimately shot the Ali. She was taken to Emory Johns Creek Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to lead the investigation.

Through their attorney, the family said it's possible police reacted so strongly because the woman wears a head covering.

The attorneys now representing the family say that while it's possible law enforcement did everything by the book, they want a thorough investigation to prove that. 

"To expect a mentally ill person to respond to commands is illogical and the police officers knew that. Now we’re not saying that they were unjustified in their shooting because we don’t know the details, there's a lot of things we don’t know," said attorney Ibrahim Awad. 

Meanwhile, the officers involved in the incident are on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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