Yanira Serrano, 18, was shot and killed yesterday after a confrontation with San Mateo County sheriff's deputies in California.
According to sheriff’s department spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt, authorities were called to a housing complex where a "violent female subject" was believed to be armed with some kind of weapon (video below).
Rosenblatt said that a deputy fired his gun at Yanira because he feared for his life.
However, Yanira's brother, Tiny Serrano, told KRON, "She has special needs and we just want answers. Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”
Tiny claims the family called 911 because Yanira was refusing to take her medication and they wanted the paramedics to show up, not police.
"We want answers," another family member, who identified himself as "Lorenzo," told NBC Bay Area. "Why didn't they use a Taser? We just want to know what really happened."
The deputy who shot and killed Yanira is on paid administrative leave while the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office investigate the incident.
Sources: KRON and NBC Bay Area