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Woman Shot Dead By Police In Geraldton

A woman has died after she was shot by police on a residential street in Western Australia's coastal Mid West region.

Joyce Clarke, 29, was reportedly armed with a knife when police attended a home in Karloo, Geraldton and one officer shot her about 6.15pm on Tuesday.

"During an incident at the address, an officer discharged their firearm causing a woman to receive a gunshot wound," police said in a statement.

One witness said she was frightened during the incident.

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"I come running out looking, like 'what the hell?' ... when I looked there, there's like eight police on the ground all around her," she said.

Clarke’s family have demanded to know why officers did not instead deploy their Tasers.

Ms Clarke was rushed by ambulance to Geraldton Regional Hospital where she later died.

She leaves behind a seven-year-old son, who lives with another relative.

AAP understands Ms Clarke had only recently been released from Bandyup prison and had some mental health issues.

National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project coordinator Gerry Georgatos told AAP the organisation was supporting the family, including Ms Clarke's foster mother Anne Jones, who lives in nearby Mullewa.

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