DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A woman has been taken to the hospital after a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy shot her in Dania Beach.

BSO deputies initially responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of Northeast Third Street, just after 11 a.m., Wednesday.

When deputies arrived, police said they encountered the woman who was armed with a knife.

“We never have any problems in this neighborhood or any issues like that,” neighbor Betsy Alvarez said. “so I can’t imagine why she would be chasing someone with a meat cleaver.”

7SkyForce HD was above the scene where a rifle could be seen on the ground.

Investigators appeared to have their focus around a catamaran docked in the marina.

Deputies said they shouted at the woman to drop the weapon, but she refused.

“Unfortunately, she charged our deputies,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said. “Our deputies tried to retreat, but unfortunately, the proximity forced an engagement.”

Tony also said his deputies tried to use less lethal force by firing a stun-gun rifle, but they said the woman was too aggressive.

“We were hoping to be able to get the less lethal weapon up close enough to where we can kind of reduce the lethal aspect, but unfortunately, we never had the time to use it,” Tony said.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue treated the woman on scene and transported her to Memorial Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg that is not considered life-threatening.

Jimmy Romero, who works in the area, described the shooting as it occurred.

“I heard three shots, and from the three shots, I looked over, and I noticed that about three officers were over a woman that was on the floor,” Romero said. “According to the story, she had a knife as she was approaching the officers.”

“I just heard three shots there this morning,” witness Roger Crete said. “Some guy on the asphalt. I was very scared, I don’t like that. I’m shaking.”

The shooting remains under investigation.

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