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Danielle Jacobs, Who Shared Viral Assistance Dog Video, Shot Dead By Police In Arizona

February 6, 2016

An American woman with Asperger’s syndrome, who took the internet by storm with a video of her dog comforting her, has been shot dead by police.

After officers were called to her flat in Arizona for a suicide call, Danielle Jacobs reportedly tried to attack them with a knife.

Speaking to AZ Family, Detective Esteban Flores said the 24-year-old was transported to hospital to undergo surgery after officers shot her but died later that evening.

Talking to The Daily News, her mother, Stacia, expressed shock at the death.

“I talked to her last night and the night before and she seemed fine.

“Before the police arrived she wasn’t posing a threat to the community at all. And the police came into her own place.

“They shot and killed a 24-year-old autistic, mentally ill individual whom they had been familiar with and were aware of her special needs.’

Last year Jacobs gained attention after she posted a video where she tries to punch herself and her Rottweiler comforts her.

“This is what having Asperger’s like,” she wrote alongside the video.

Speaking to The Huffington Post last year she spoke candidly about her disability. 

“When I have a meltdown, I often have self-injurious behaviour and I often self-harm.”

Although this video was later made private, Jacobs continued to post other videos of the dog consoling her up until three days before she died.

Speaking to AZ Family, Detective Esteban Flores from the Mesa Police Department in Arizona said the police had received multiple calls about a suicidal woman that day.

“She had one knife that we know of, she had something else we’re not sure what it was, the officers said it was dark inside the room. 

“When she made contact with them she approached them with the knife, extended it out, and they felt threatened.”

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