Florida police say they shot and killed an armed woman who ‘ambushed’ them in a park

Authorities say Florida park police fatally shot a woman with a gun who ‘ambushed’ them as they searched for a suspect in a drug investigation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida park police fatally shot a woman with a gun who “ambushed” them while searching for a suspect in a drug investigation, officials said.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee. Tallahassee police officers and a Leon County sheriff’s deputy responded to the park after receiving a report that the drug suspect they were looking for, a male, had been seen there, according to a department news release Friday.

While at the park, they encountered a second man with the suspect, whom officers recognized as having previously threatened law enforcement, as well as the woman who was an associate of the second man. The second man was arrested while the woman was walking away, but she returned shortly after firing a rifle, the Tallahassee Police Department said in a statement.

Fearing for their lives, the officers and deputy returned fire and she was hit. She was taken to hospital, where she died.

No officers were injured and there is no threat to public safety, the police department said.

The suspect in the drug investigation was taken into custody in the park.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation. The police department said it was committed to “thoroughly investigating the events leading up to the shooting.”

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