Police operators received a 911 call from Victor Stephens, Rosser's boyfriend, who said that the two were fighting and requested police officers to escort her from his house. When officers arrived, Stephens said that Rosser, who reportedly suffered from a mental illness, was brandishing a fish knife. Officers simultaneously tased and shot her. She died from a chest wound. No officers were charged, and a state prosecutor recorded the death as "justifiable homicide."