ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A woman was killed in a confrontation with Pinellas County deputies Saturday morning, according to St. Petersburg police.
Police said the shooting happened in the area of 46th Avenue North and 74th Street North.
Chief Anthony Holloway said deputies were dispatched to the Sunshine Mobile Home Park because of a dispute between residents at about 8:55 a.m.
The person who called authorities said the suspect, 54-year-old Samantha Belk, tried to kick in a door to search for the caller’s wife.
Holloway said the deputies went to speak to Belk and knocked on her door, but she became agitated.
“The suspect then, inside the house, began using profanity, and at some point, she said ‘I’m going to get my gun!'” Holloway said.
The deputies took cover by their vehicles. When the woman exited her home, she refused to drop her weapon, a black semiautomatic handgun.
“The suspect then raised the weapon toward the deputies, and one deputy fired at the suspect,” the chief said.
One of the three deputies at the scene fired back, striking Belk. That deputy has been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation.
Medical treatment was immediately administered as Belk was taken to a nearby hospital. Later, she was pronounced dead.
The police department said there were no other injuries.
Because the incident involved a Pinellas County deputy, the St. Petersburg Police Department is the lead investigating agency instead of the sheriff’s office.