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