TAFT — A 31-year-old female felon on the run from law enforcement was shot and killed by sheriffs deputies on Sunday night.
Bethany Lytle of Taft, died from a single gunshot wound after she tried to attack deputies with a dagger.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, deputies from the Taft Substation were dispatched to a home in the 800 block of Filmore Street in response to an unknown situation at around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2013.
While en route deputies learned that Lytle had an active no bail arrest warrant for a Sheriff’s parole violation.
When they arrived, Lytle armed herself with a 10-inch double edged dagger threatening deputies who used a Taser in order to restrain Lytle. However, it was ineffective.
Lytle continued to ignore additional orders to drop her weapon, raising the dagger above her head while making a stabbing motion as she charged deputies.
That’s when one of the deputies fired his weapon at Lytle who fell to the ground, still holding the dagger, which she continued to refuse to drop.
Eventually, she released her weapon and was immediately taken into custody.
After struggling with medical aid, Lytle was airlifted to Kern Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.
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