According to Fox News, the family of a Pennsylvania woman who was shot and killed by police after reportedly brandishing a pistol at them is stepping out in the wake of the tragedy and insisting that she was experiencing a “mental breakdown” at the time of the killing.
According to a news statement from Allegheny County police, officers responding to a report of a “strange person” in Pittsburgh’s St. Clair area about 3 p.m. on Feb. 24 were directed to an abandoned house by the caller.
Officers saw a woman when they arrived; her relatives later identified her as Adrienne Arrington, 39, according to Fox News.
In a press release, police stated that “the woman started shooting at cops.” “The woman left the house brandishing a pistol at the responding officers.”
According to the press statement, the police shot at her in response. She was apparently alone in the house when she was found deceased, and she was pronounced dead there.
She was having mental health issues and had no desire to hurt anyone, according to Arrington’s cousin, Musa James.
According to James, who spoke to Fox News, “She was having a mental breakdown, and they probably didn’t try to diffuse the situation.”
James asserted that Arrington had visited the abandoned house frequently to grieve her losses after the passing of her mother and brother.
James said, “They shot to kill.” “Given the location of the house and the fact that it was vacant, she most likely had a gun.” “She had no malicious intent.”
According to department procedure, the outside agency looking into the incident involving a Pittsburgh police officer is Allegheny County police.
Authorities stated that more information will be disclosed when “appropriate,” but no additional information regarding the incident was immediately available.
Call the Allegheny County Police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS if you have any information on the shooting (1-833-255-8477).
Text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 if you or someone you know needs mental health assistance to speak with a trained crisis counselor.