Worried Husband's Call to Cops Ends in Tragedy for Wife

Woman shot, killed during mental health check after she wouldn't stand down with gun: Austin police
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2016 3:31 PM CDT
Cops Shoot, Kill Woman During Mental Health Check
A police shooting in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Police in Texas shot and killed a woman after responding to a mental health call, NBC News reports. The woman's husband called police, saying she was acting erratically and he was worried about her; he also informed police that she had a weapon. When officers arrived on the scene at an Austin apartment complex around 4am Sunday, the unidentified 26-year-old woman came out of one of the complex's buildings, pointed a gun toward the officers, and said, "Shoot me, shoot me, kill me," said assistant chief Troy Gay, per the Austin-American Statesman. After she didn't comply with commands to drop her weapon, the officers say they fired at her.

The woman continued to point the gun at officers while on the ground, and officers, fearing for their safety, fired several more shots, Gay said, per KXAN. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she died not long after. The two officers involved in the shooting, who haven't been named, will be placed on paid administrative pending an investigation. Both are three-year veterans of the force. Police say they have audio of the encounter, but no video. There have been eight instances of fatal shootings involving Austin police in 2016, per KXAN. (The FBI is making a big change regarding stats on police shootings.)

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