February 17, 2006

NY woman shot by police after fight over cat

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 65-year-old New York woman who had
stabbed a neighbor in a dispute over her cat was shot and
killed by police, authorities said on Friday.

Stephanie Lindboe was shot by officers responding to a call
that she had assaulted a neighbor with a knife on Thursday
morning in the borough of Staten Island, a New York Police
Department spokesman said.

Police said the woman refused several orders by the police
to drop the knife, which had a 7-inch (18-cm) blade.

According to neighbors in the apartment building, Lindboe
stabbed Linda Padula in the neck after claiming that Padula had
stabbed her cat. Neighbors said the two had a history of
arguing over the cat, which was pictured in local newspapers
with a bloody wound over its left eye.

Padula was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, the
same hospital where Lindboe died after the shooting, the police
spokesman said. Hospital officials said Padula was recovering.

The cat was taken in by City Animal Care and Control,
police said.