YUMA, Ariz. – The fatal shooting of a 24-year-old woman by two deputies in July has been determined to be justified, reasonable and appropriate by the Yuma County Attorney’s Office, according to the Yuma Police Department.
YPD officials say the decision was based on all YPD reports, witness statements, physical evidence and information gathered from the scene.
A sergeant and a deputy were called out to the area of Avenue C and Eighth Street for a domestic violence disturbance, on July 5 just before 8 p.m., according to YPD. When they knocked on the door of the home, Melissa Ventura allegedly opened the door and began attacking both deputies with a knife. Officers say that’s when Ventura was shot by both deputies.
Rural/Metro ambulance was called and deputies began giving Ventura CPR while paramedics arrived.
Ventura was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.