Police Say Grandma Shooting Was Justified

August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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August 2, 2012 Updated Aug 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM EDT

By Buffalo,NY
(WKBW)

Buffalo Police held a news conference in front of city hall at 11 a.m Thursday to discuss more details about the events surrounding the stabbing death of four year old Roderick Geiger III who police say was stabbed to death by his 38 year old grandmother, Charlene Fears at their home on 193 Esser Avenue in the city's Riverside neighborhood around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Commissioner Daniel Derenda officers Robert Yeates and John Michael Mulderig were on routine patrol when they were flagged down in front the home where police say Fears had just stabbed her grandson.

Commissioner Derenda says Fears was covered in blood wielding butcher knives in both hands and refused to drop her weapons after repeated requests from the officers forcing Officer Yeates, a 20 year veteran on the force to shoot her. Derenda says Yeates fired at "a couple of shots."

A good friend of Fears says she Fears loved her grandson dearly but that she was bi-polar and had not been taking her medicine.

Both officers are on administrative leave which is standard procedure but are expected to return to work soon.