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July 16, 2007

Clackamas police assist suicidal citizens

A Milwaukie woman who died during a Saturday confrontation with police shot at and narrowly missed a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy before shooting herself twice, officials said Sunday. It's the second time in the past 30 days that Clackamas County deputies have shot a person believed to be suicidal. In June, a deputy shot 24-year-old Luke L. Seal after the man came at her in a parking lot wielding two knives. The state medical examiner ruled the shooting to be suicide by police officer.

Tonya Irene Yut, 39, died at her home in Milwaukie's Oak Grove neighborhood. At least one bullet fired by a deputy also struck her. The sheriff's office has not determined which deputies at the scene fired a weapon. Jeff McLennan, an official with the Clackamas County medical examiner's officer, declined to release until today the number of bullets that hit Yut.