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Woman shot to death by Gastonia police

GASTONIA (AP) — A Gastonia woman has been shot and killed by a police officer who responded to a reported domestic dispute.

Police told local media outlets that officers responded to a domestic disturbance call shortly before noon Tuesday.

Betty Diane Sexton, 43, was shot and died at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.

The details of the dispute were not released. It was not clear if Sexton was armed.

The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting. Their report will be given to the Gaston County District Attorney, who will decide if the shooting was justified.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave. Officials say the officer had been with the department since January 2012.

It’s the third officer-involved shooting by Gastonia police this year.

Police shot and killed James Howard Allen, 74, on Feb. 7. Officers said Allen refused to lower a gun he was carrying when officers went for a welfare check.

Last month, a detective shot Alan Hines, 46, after he allegedly stabbed a clerk at a gas station. Hines was hospitalized and has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

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