OK so imagine being a cop and finding out that someone is suicidal. You’re called to the scene where they are armed and I guess, presumed dangerous. Would you kill them or try to save their lives?

That’s the issue here. I’m posing the question, Do officers have a duty to preserve life? 

Authorities say a Florida police SWAT team shot and killed an armed woman who had been threatening suicide.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says a Sunrise Police SWAT team went to an apartment Friday where an armed woman had barricaded herself inside and was threatening to kill herself.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said in a press release Saturday the woman stopped communicating with officers, so the SWAT team entered the apartment. She says the officers encountered the woman and shots were fired. She died at the scene. No officers were hurt.

The woman’s name has not been released. The Sunrise Police and Broward Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to phone and email requests for immediate comment.

Are we to assume that she wanted suicide by cop? If this is the standard procedure for handling those with mental illness, do you think we need new laws or new training? 

Personally the woman could have killed herself if she really wanted to. Agree? So why go through the entire song and dance? Maybe she didn’t really WANT to die. Maybe she wanted or needed help. 

I find this disgusting and absolutely unnecessary. Armed or not. These officers have Great gear that would protect them from harm, so why even kill the woman? Many other options could have been explored. They didn’t even think about the woman or her family, they simply smelled blood and acted on it. 

Stay tuned for more updates… 

So the woman’s name is Kristen Weir Ambury and she’s 28 years young. 

One resident, who asked not to be identified, said Ambury often walked her two small dogs throughout the complex, and sometimes sat for prolonged periods near the edge of the canal behind her building.

The resident said she heard as many as five shots at about 7:30 p.m.

The residents admit that the standoff was tense, but I’m having a hard time calling this a standoff. She’s NOT A CRIMINAL in this situation and she’s holding none hostage other than herself. 

Here’s the link to her professional profile.


Do you think that this could have been handled differently? 

Her resume highlights

Experienced Training Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Computer Networking, PALS Instruction, ACLS Instruction, and BLS instruction. I am also an experienced EMS instructor. Paramedic, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). 

Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Computer and Information Science/Engineering from Broward College.

I have various other skills pertaining to customer service, leadership/management, entrepreneurship, as well as many others. I am a fast learner. I think outside of the box, which makes me an excellent problem solver. 

I am seeking employment with an agency where I can utilize my skills and experience.

Guys  we’ve got to do better than this. All of these men against ONE WOMAN. I’m very upset about this. Its a scary time and I’m certain she was frightened. I just don’t know if she was serious about wanting to end her life. 

The hate and ignorance is real surrounding this story. 

Comments such as, “why are we complaining? She wanted to die, so they killed her, we should be Happy”. But this doesn’t seem right. How can anyone feel good about this? Mental illness patients don’t deserve death. They deserve treatment. 

She was a service woman and people loved her. There are several comments where people are in tears and devastated by their loss and folks don’t feel like this assisted suicide was lawful. 

Another thing. She’s in her home. Its LEGAL to possess a firearm in your house, so why are they approaching her this way? This makes no sense. 

I’m realizing that you cannot call 911 for mental patients. They will be killed.