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UPDATE: Woman killed in officer-involved shooting with Auburn PD identified

Melissa Boarts. (Source: Melinda Boarts) Melissa Boarts. (Source: Melinda Boarts)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The Auburn Police Department says that a woman was killed during an officer-involved shooting on Sunday afternoon, and her family has called it "absolutely outrageous" that she was killed in a statement on Monday. 

According to a news release, on Sunday, April 3 at around 3:40 p.m. CDT, Auburn police officers responded to a complaint of a suicidal motorist on I-85 headed toward Auburn.

Officers located the vehicle traveling southbound on I-85 towards Macon County. After following the vehicle for several miles, the driver stopped on Red Creek Road in Macon County.

"The female driver exited her vehicle armed with a weapon and charged the officers in a threatening manner, at which time the officers discharged their weapons, striking the driver," the media release said.

The woman, identified as 36-year-old Melissa Boarts, of Montgomery, died at the scene as a result of her injuries. 

The case remains under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigations, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, and Macon County Coroner’s Office. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency released a statement on Monday, saying: 

At the request of the Auburn Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating an Auburn Police-involved shooting that occurred April 3 at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Red Creek Road off Interstate 85 in Macon County. The SBI’s findings will be turned over to the Macon County DA. Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing.

Boarts' family has issued a statement, saying in part:

It is absolutely outrageous that our precious daughter, Melissa (Boarts), was shot and killed by the Auburn police. There was absolutely no justification for it and we are all in deep mourning.

Melissa's family said she may have had a pocket knife and called police to try and help her. Michael Boarts, Melissa's father, said she was suffering from mental health issues, "including manic-depressive behavior." 

"Instead the police ended up putting a bullet in her," the statement says. 

Melissa's family insists she did not have a gun on her at the time of her death. 

You can read the full statement here

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

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