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Woman hit by another woman shouting racial slurs punches back

A woman told police Thursday that she punched another women who was shouting racial slurs and death threats at her while holding a knife.

The woman and her friend, who are both black, were in a car at Mission Avenue and Upriver Drive just before 1 p.m. Thursday when they stopped to let a woman cross the street. The pedestrian became upset and began shouting racial slurs, according to court documents.

The woman said she pulled over, got out of her car and confronted the pedestrian, who then reportedly pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the woman and her friend, court documents state. The woman told police that the pedestrian punched her, she punched back and a fight began. The knife was dropped during the scuffle, according to court documents.

A responding police officer witnessed a portion of the fight and heard the racial slurs and threats, court documents state.

Police booked Abigail L. Deboer, 33, into the Spokane County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault and malicious harassment, which is Washington’s version of a hate crime.

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