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Jonathan Humbert, Reporter

Young Mother Shot by Police Struggled with Mental Issues

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Denise Glasco  who was 24-years-old, was shot after a confrontation erupted at a Jack in the Box restaurant near Lake Mead and Martin Luther King. Denise Glasco who was 24-years-old, was shot after a confrontation erupted at a Jack in the Box restaurant near Lake Mead and Martin Luther King.
Denise Glasco was the mother of three children. Denise Glasco was the mother of three children.

The young mother of three shot to death by police has been identified by her family as Denise Glasco. The family says Glasco was pregnant and visiting from California. Family members say they can't understand what happened.

The family gathered on Wednesday night at the scene of the shooting to remember Glasco. Her brother, Billy Tribble, describes what one eyewitness told him.

"He said he saw the police telling a girl to freeze of he was going to shoot and she had the baby with her and hands in the air and they shot her," Tribble said.

"I just want my daughter to come back home to me. Now she is here in the morgue, dead for no reason," said Betti Fowler, Glasco's mother. Fowler arrived in Las Vegas on Wednesday after hearing of her daughter's death.

Glasgow, who was 24-years-old, was shot after a confrontation erupted at a Jack in the Box restaurant near Lake Mead and Martin Luther King. Police responded to the restaurant following reports that a woman was yelling at customers, throwing chair and was armed with a knife. Glasco also had her three-year-old son with her at the time.

The confrontation between Glasco and police continued into the nearby street, where police say, Glasco walked through traffic and attempted to get into cars. Police were able to get the child away from her safely.

Police did use bean bag shots, a taser and pepper spray, but say they could not get the woman to respond to them. Police say when her actions with the knife became more aggressive, they were forced to shoot her. She was shot twice and later died.

The two officers involved have been identified as Officer Jennifer Santiago, 36, who has been with the LVMPD since May of 1995, and Officer Kenneth Krmpotich, 40, who has been with the LVMPD since March of 2000. Both officers are on administrative leave pending the Coroners Inquest.

Glasco's cousin, Tanginique Grissom, says Glasco struggled with mental disabilities, but doesn't believe that level of aggression wasn't in her nature.

"That's why I'm hoping all this is one big joke. Because it's not like my cousin, I hope she just pops up out the door and says here I am, it's me, I'm here," said Tanginique Grissom, shooting victim's cousin.

Police say this was a case where all non-lethal force was used until Glasco became too dangerous. Some witnesses though, say Glasco didn't have a knife.

Glasco's young boy is still in Child Haven. He is expected to be released to his grandmother Thursday.

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