A SWAT team was sent to the home of Kristen Ambury to help her after she threatened suicide Aug. 25. What actually happened is they made a bad situation far worse when they broke into her apartment and shot her dead.
Ambury was reportedly armed and home alone as she barricaded herself for over 3 hours in her apartment in Sunrise, Florida, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Relatives said she seemed to be under the influence of alcohol and struggled with mental illness.
Ambury was a 28-year-old U.S. Army explosive ordnance specialist and emergency medical technician. She worked for the American Heart Association prior to being killed by police.
Veda Coleman-Wright, a Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, told Local 10 that officers attempted to negotiate with Ambury before they broke into her home. When negotiations failed, a SWAT team was called in.
Neighbors said they heard 5 to 6 shots. Ambury was home alone until the kill squad broke into the apartment.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keeping pace with the last 2 years, 648 people have been shot and killed by police so far this year according to The Washington Post. 152 of those people were mentally ill.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)