Woman dead after Henry County officer-involved shooting

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A woman is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Henry County. Now, her family wants to know what went wrong.

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Thursday on Cobb Court in Hampton. Henry County police responded to a "trouble unknown" call at the location.

Police say someone at the home called 911 several times. They could hear a woman screaming. Police believe the woman who was shot was the one who called.

"There was only one person inside the home. The 911 call came from that residence. There were three of them. They were 911 hang-ups, we call them," said Henry County Police Lt. Joey Smith.

When police arrived, they say they again heard screams. Not knowing what was happening inside, they entered the home.

"She had a firearm on her  side. The officers tried to get her to comply with orders; to show her hands, but she made an offensive movement towards the weapon and ultimately, they had to use force to protect themselves," said Smith.

The woman, identified as 37-year-old Lori Knowles, was taken to the hospital where she later died. Her family says they don’t know what may have led to the calls or the deadly confrontation.

"We love her. We love her a lot and we want to know what happened to her and why she's dead today," said Knowles' uncle James Bell.

The GBI is investigating the shooting. An autopsy was completed, but police say the cause of death is still incomplete. They are awaiting histology and toxicology results from the GBI.

"I just pray for the family. Pray for my family and hope that they can work through this," Bell said.