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Armed woman who ‘ambushed’ Florida police in park fatally shot

Police in Tallahassee said the woman opened fire on them during a search for a different suspect.
 
Police in Tallahassee say an armed woman ambushed them, firing shots, as they searched for a suspect in a park Thursday night.
Police in Tallahassee say an armed woman ambushed them, firing shots, as they searched for a suspect in a park Thursday night. [ Tribune News Service ]
Published May 26, 2023

TALLAHASSEE — Police in a Tallahassee park fatally shot an armed woman who “ambushed” them as they were searching for a drug investigation suspect, officials said.

The shooting happened at Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Police responded to the park after receiving a report that the person they were looking for, a man, was seen there, according to a department news release Friday.

Officers and a deputy with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office were in the park when the woman “ambushed law enforcement and opened fire on them,” the department said. The officers and deputy returned fire and she was struck. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

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

A police department spokesperson said the drug investigation suspect was taken into custody at the park, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. It wasn’t immediately clear if there was a connection between the man and the woman.