St. Petersburg police shoot, kill armed woman

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg police officer fatally shot a 53-year-old woman who pointed a gun at him.

Police say officers went to the woman's home Sunday night to check on her welfare. A neighbor had called police earlier, saying the woman had been acting strangely all day.

According to police, a field training officer and his trainee went to the front door, knocked and announced their presence. A backup officer went to the back door and knocked. The woman pulled back the curtain on window next to the back door and pointed a silver Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver at the officer.

A police report says the officer fired three times through the window, possibly striking the woman twice.

An investigation continues. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

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