Update 2/7/16: According to the Washington Post, the individual shot and killed by Mesa police officers was a transgender individual who was legally known as Danielle Jacobs, but who identified as Kayden Clarke.
According to Friday's New York Daily News, an Arizona woman who was seen being comforted by her service dog in a viral video last June, has died after being shot by police officers in Mesa on Thursday. The woman, 24-year-old Danielle Jacobs, was fatally injured when Mesa officers opened fire on her after she approached them with a knife in her hand.
Jacobs, who had Asperger Syndrome, had a service dog named "Samson" who helped her work through instances that she referred to as "meltdowns." In the popular video that was viewed millions of times in 2015, Samson, a Rottweiler, can be seen comforting and calming Jacobs as she is crying and trying to hit herself. The video which was originally uploaded to YouTube in early June has since been deleted.
According to AZ Family, officers had been called out to Jacobs' apartment to investigate a report of a suicidal woman. The officers that shot Jacobs in the stomach have stated that they felt threatened by her when she "went at them" with a knife.
According to multiple sources, Samson will be cared for by Jacobs' mother.
Prior article about Jacobs and Samson here.
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