Woman wakes up, fires shot at person she thought was an intruder: It was her own daughter

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ST. CLOUD, Florida — A woman in St. Cloud, Florida, woke up just before midnight Tuesday and fired a shot at a person she thought had broken into her home.

But the person wasn’t an intruder; it was her 27-year-old daughter.

The woman fired one round, but police didn’t say where the bullet hit the daughter. She died at a hospital.

The shooting appears to be accidental, police said. An investigation is ongoing.

“The homeowner’s story is consistent with the physical evidence and the witness’ statement,” police said.

The woman’s husband is a former undercover narcotics officer with the St. Cloud Police Department.

In a recording of the 911 call provided by police, the husband tells a dispatcher that his daughter has a pacemaker and heart problems. She had passed out, he says. He does not mention a gunshot.

After getting instructions to start CPR, the husband leaves the phone and a woman frantically talks to the dispatcher. The daughter is still breathing but very slowly, she says.

About five minutes into the call, the dispatcher tells the woman that paramedics should have arrived.

The officer, a 17-year-veteran, is on administrative leave but is not under investigation, the department said.

The mother is a 911 dispatcher for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. St. Cloud is south of Orlando, in central Florida.

Police have asked the media not to identify the family members involved for safety reasons because of the husband’s past as an undercover officer.

3 comments

  • CYNIC

    1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
    2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
    ***4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.***
    -Col. Jeff Cooper, google him.

  • educated one

    sounds as though 27 year old daughter may have entered her parents house UNANNOUNCED. Not expecting anyone in your house at that hour. My kids and friends know to reach me before coming over. I feel sad for their heavy heart.

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