Woman distraught before firing at deputies

3:25 PM, Mar 31, 2012   |    comments
Lee County sheriff's investigators work the scene of a deputy-involved shooting in south Fort Myers on Saturday afternoon, March 24. A 71-year-old woman was injured in a gunfire exchange with deputies.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The daughter of a 71-year-old Fort Myers woman shot by sheriff's deputies last week said her mother was "virtually inconsolable" over a personal matter just before the confrontation.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Patricia Mapes - according to her daughter - got some unspecified bad news earlier in the day and may have been suicidal when she threatened deputies with a gun March 23. She was shot and is in critical condition at a hospital.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports that deputies were called to the residence by Mapes' daughter. They announced their presence before Mapes threatened to shoot them and stood in a doorway pointing a handgun.

Mapes exchanged shots with the deputies and crumpled to the ground. None of the deputies were injured.

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