A Florida SWAT team fatally shot a woman who was armed and threatening to commit suicide.
According to Fox News, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Sunrise Police SWAT team responded to a call at an apartment. When they arrived, they found her barricaded inside and continuously threatening to commit suicide.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said in a press release Saturday the woman stopped communicating with officers, so the SWAT team entered the apartment. She says the officers encountered the woman and shots were fired. She died at the scene. No officers were hurt.
The woman’s name has not been released. The Sunrise Police and Broward Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to phone and email requests for immediate comment.
The case sounds pretty cut and dry. As unfortunate as the situation is, it sounds as if she fired at officers. In that case, they fired back.
If she was threatening to kill herself, and shot at officers or attempted to shoot at officers, then she was possibly mentally ill. Should officers have tried to handle the situation more delicately or did they do exactly what they should have?