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Police defend fatal shooting of woman, 92

ATLANTA -- Police who fatally shot a 92-year-old woman after she wounded three officers were looking for a man who sold drugs to undercover agents at her home earlier that day, authorities said yesterday.

The agents got a search warrant after buying drugs Tuesday afternoon from a man in Kathryn Johnston's home, Assistant Police Chief Alan Dreher said.

Johnston's niece, Sarah Dozier, said her aunt probably had reason to shoot the three plainclothes investigators as they stormed her house. "My aunt was in good health. I'm sure she panicked when they kicked that door down," Dozier told WAGA-TV, adding that there were no drugs in the house.

Police insisted the officers did everything right before entering the home, where Johnson had lived for about 17 years.

The officers "knocked and announced" before they forced open the door and were justified in shooting once fired upon, he said.

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