Albany woman tries to stab officer outside deputy's home, police say

In an "extraordinary" case, officers avoided using lethal force in handling the situation.

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 5:24 PM

ALBANY, Ore. – An Albany woman is facing numerous charges, including attempted murder, after an incident Monday afternoon.

Just after 3 p.m., police responded to a call from a “distraught” woman who reportedly told police she was in front of a deputy’s house and was going to kill him.

Police said the woman was identified as Micayla Martin, 23.

Officers found Martin on the sidewalk with a knife outside a Linn County deputy’s home, police said. She wanted police to shoot her.

An officer approached at a safe distance and attempted to get her help, but Martin refused and did not drop the knife, police said.

Martin reportedly charged a different officer, Kyle Libra, from a half a block away, and did not obey orders to stop. Libra shot Martin with a less-lethal 40 mm impact weapon, causing her to stumble and fall, police said. She tried to get up and officers used a Taser to allow others to secure the knife and take Martin into custody.

A news release from the department called the incident “extraordinary” and said officers used good judgment to avoid using lethal force.

Martin was taken to Samaritan Albany General Hospital with minor injuries. A mental health evaluation was also conducted.

On Tuesday, she was taken to the Linn County Jail on charges of attempted murder, three counts of first-degree attempted assault, five counts of menacing, three counts of attempted assault on a peace officer, and unlawful use of a weapon.

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