Florida police fatally shoot naked woman at party
Two off-duty Florida police officers have shot and killed a naked woman who confronted them at a party. Officers say the woman was armed, without disclosing what type of “weapon”, whether alcohol was involved or were the guns their service weapons.
Authorities say the shooting occurred at 1:15 pm Saturday in a house north of Tampa in rural Spring Hill, Florida. The off-duty officers were allegedly approached by what they said was an “armed, naked and irrational female,” according to a Hernando County news release. The woman had not been invited to the party and no one knew why she was naked. A partygoer called 911 to report the nude woman, who until then had refused to leave the party.
The woman then appeared to leave, but came back shortly thereafter, allegedly carrying a weapon. The officers then opened fire on her.
The news release provided detailed information about the course of events, but has no information on the alleged weapon the woman was carrying.
The officers, 26-year-old William Mechler and 31-year-old Rocky Howard, were off duty, but still carrying their firearms at the party. According to Hernando County Sheriff Al Neinhuis, “one or both of the law enforcement officers fired their weapons, striking the female” because she was “acting irrational.”
“It was obvious being naked she was not in her right mind,” Neinhuis told Fox 13 News.
The woman died from her injuries at the scene.
The county sheriff’s department…