In a tragic display of the mental illness that plagues American Armed Forces veterans, a United States Army Veteran has been shot and killed by police after threatening suicide.
Police in Sunrise, Florida say that they received an emergency call to the Water's Edge Apartment Complex about a woman who was threatening to kill herself.
Veda Coleman-Wright, spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, said that 28 year old Kristin Ambury was the suspect in which had barricaded herself inside the apartment.
When law enforcement arrived at Water’s Edge, Sunrise officers learned that Ambury, who was described as suicidal, was armed and had threatened not only herself but law enforcement.
Sunrise Police then dispatched their SWAT team which responded to the scene alongside the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Coleman-Wright said.
When communication with the SWAT team and Ambury broke off, officers tried to enter the apartment to make sure she hadn’t harmed herself.
Unfortunately when they entered they encountered the armed woman who raised her gun and shots were fired, Coleman-Wright said. Ambury died at the scene and no officers were injured.
Neighbors claim to have heard five to six shots fired, and police say they negotiated for quite some time with the woman before they were forced to enter the residence.
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs around 11 to 20 percent of all Veterans suffer from PTSD.
Kristen Ambury was a U.S. Army explosive ordnance specialist and an emergency medical technician.
The 28 year old war veteran also worked for the American Heart Association and was a critical care paramedic for the American Medical Response.
A tragic end to a desperate situation, and a reason that more needs to be done to defend and protect America's soldiers when they return home from war.
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