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Tulare County DA files charges against Bakersfield woman shot by police

Photo courtesy: Luis Rodriguez

The Tulare District Attorney's Office has filled charges against a Bakersfield woman who was shot by Porterville police officers.

Carmen Buttram, 18, was shot after officers said she was holding a knife and acting erratically.

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Police told Buttram to drop the knife, and according to police she refused. The officer told her he "would have to shoot her" if she continued to wield the weapon.

Police say Buttram was hit on both sides and fell to the ground, dropping her knife.

The Tulare District Attorney's Office has filed charges against her, including:

  • two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to resist or prevent arrest,
  • one count of exhibiting a deadly weapon with the intent to resist,
  • three counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon in the presence of other person in a threatening manor,
  • one count of resisting arrest by means of violence,
  • and one felony count of vandalism.


The officer who was involved in the shooting has been identified as Mark Lightfoot. He has been apart of law enforcement for 20 years, and 10 of them with the Tulare County Police Department.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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