Martin County Sheriff: Deputy shoots woman in Jensen Beach parking lot after charging her with a knife
BEACH JENSEN. Sheriff William Snyder said a Martin County Sheriff's deputy shot a woman late Tuesday afternoon after she hit him with a knife.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Christine Christofek said Carrie Ann Demone, 49, of New Baltimore, Michigan, was in critical condition Tuesday night at a local hospital.
Snyder said that after attacking a deputy with a knife at Ocean Breeze Plaza on Jensen Beach Boulevard and Skyline Drive, Demone, who had multiple cuts to her wrist, was fired.
"The truth is that she was trying to kill herself with very, very severe wrist lacerations," Snyder said on Tuesday night. "She charges an armed deputy with a knife. In fact, was she trying to get the deputy to shoot her, trying to stab the deputy? ”
Speaker of Martin County Sheriff Christine Christofek said this is the knife a Michigan woman had when she charged a deputy at the Ocean Breeze Plaza parking lot in Jenson Beach Jan. 12, 2021.
Snyder said that it was 4:19 p.m. From a mobile phone, 911 dispatchers were called.
"In essence, what happened was that the woman called, said she had some kind of trouble, needed the police, and then hung up," he said.
The agency was able to monitor the phone, Snyder said, and at 4:29 p.m. In the plaza parking lot, a deputy noticed the car.
The deputy noticed that it was the subject of a 'be on the lookout' warning from a call earlier in the afternoon in which the family of the woman called, said she was missing, hadn't seen her for about a day and maybe she was in danger.
Another deputy came and watched the first deputy walk up to her, Snyder said.
Deputies radioed for rescue officers after discovering the woman had cut her wrists.
"It looks like the woman got out of the car right after that transmission, and what the second deputy says is she charged the first deputy, the one who was there to give aid," Snyder said. "He's telling her to drop the knife."
The accused woman. The first deputy began to back up and the deputy fired at least two shots as the woman got closer, he said.
Had she not charged our deputy and been fired, today alone, this would have been our fourth Baker Act," Snyder said. "In modern-day America, this is a very, very normal occurrence. We get them around the clock."
The Baker Act of Florida requires persons who tend to be dangerous to themselves or others to be involuntarily involved in a mental health assessment.
Snyder said she had a "very extensive" mental illness history and was being treated for bipolar disorder.
The deputy who shot Demone was not named by Snyder but said he was not injured.
Bystander Linda Brinker, 58, said that while sitting in a golf cart behind a gas station on the northwest side of the plaza, she heard about three shots.
Demone is from Michigan, Snyder said, but often commutes to Jensen Beach.