Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Naked woman shot dead by officers

Police in Florida have shot a naked woman dead
Police in Florida have shot a naked woman dead

Two off-duty Florida law-enforcement officers have fatally shot an armed, naked woman who confronted them at a social gathering.

The shooting occurred in Hernando County. The county sheriff's office said in a news release that the men were approached by an "armed, naked and irrational female".

The news release does not identify the weapon, but it says "one or both of the law enforcement officers fired their weapons, striking the female". She died at the scene.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates.

Authorities have identified the officers as Hernando County sheriff's Detective Rocky Howard and Tampa police officer William Mechler, who have served six and four years, respectively.

Tampa police said Mr Mechler was "off duty and acting in the capacity of a private citizen".

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