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'Irrational' Naked Woman Shot, Killed by Off-Duty Officers

October 22, 2012  | 

Two off-duty Florida officers shot and killed an "armed, naked and irrational" woman who confronted them at a party on Saturday.

Inga Swanson, 42, approached Tampa Police Officer William Mechler, 26, and Hernando County Sheriff's Detective Rocky Howard, 31, before returning to confront them. One of both of the officers shot Swanson, who died at the scene.

Swanson was reportedly armed with an antique pistol that holds one bullet and doesn't fire, her boyfriend David Simpson told the Daily Mail. Two men told the Tampa Bay Times they saw Swanson 10 minutes before the shooting waving a large silver cross and yelling, "Antichrist."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating the shooting.

Tags: Tampa PD, Hernando County (Fla.) Sheriff, Off-Duty Incidents, Domestic Disputes, Emotionally Disturbed Person


Comments (6)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 10/22/2012 8:25 PM

I read the article in the "DailyMail". I would have shot her too. The officers would have no way of knowing if her gun worked or not and if I were them I would not have waited to get shot to find out. Her boyfriend admits the gun was loaded but according to him it couldn't fire, how is anyone else expected to know if a loaded gun could or could not fire? I can't figure out why none of the dozen or so people that had contact with her prior to the police never called the police to report her before she got the gun. Two guys in a car spoke to her and even took pictures (with their cell phone) of her naked in public but never told anyone. All the people that spoke to her before she got her gun were negligent by not reporting her behavior and they caused this incident to escalate by doing nothing to curb her behavior. The Police were merely protecting themselves from an armed crazy assailant. The crazy out of her head woman had returned a second time to a location she had left earlier but this time she brought her loaded gun. She was apparently coming back to kill someone she thought was the Anti-Christ.

Nichole @ 10/23/2012 4:33 AM

I read the DailyMail article as well, and the inane comments.

People really do think that things go down in real life like they do in the movies. "Why couldn't they just shoot her in the leg" "Why couldn't they just wrestle her to the ground and take the gun". My question is, why can't people speak intelligently, become informed, and know what they're talking about before they open their mouths? Officers aren't trained to take a shot a gun in someone's hand, or "just shoot them in the leg". Officers are trained for center mass, and people don't understand why. Well, here's the reason: you're less likely to miss, you're almost guaranteed to take the target down on the first shot (and thus saving yourself and anyone else from harm immediately) and while you may hit something vital, you might not either. You hit someone in the leg, you're hitting an artery and they're bleeding out. You take a shot at a gun in someone's hand and unless you're a freaking sniper, chances are you're not hitting it, and you could be hitting someone else.

Ugh, irritates me to hear people who have no freaking clue what they're talking about running off at the mouth like that.

Steve @ 10/23/2012 6:08 AM

Wouldn't it be great to find where the morons that make the ignorant statements work and go there and make similar statements about their work performance?! Do you suppose they would get upset if some outsider was trying to tell THEM how to do their job? We in LE can almost tell you what TV cop show they've been watching from hearing their questions and comments! Unfortunately, dealing with ignorance comes with the job. I've always told it to be "job security"!
Be safe out there!!

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 10/23/2012 7:22 AM

Shoot in the leg?? Why not. I know an inspectors son who was such a bad shot when he was confronted with an armed woman pointing a gun at him he was so nervous and/or scared that when he aimed for her body mass he missed and hit her just above the knee. She lived and he received an atta-boy for not using lethal force but only shot to disarm the crazy lady...

Mike @ 10/23/2012 7:30 AM

Well stated, Nicole . . . very well stated.

Sgt. Mike @ 11/2/2012 2:18 AM

Well said Nicole, that's why I don't read forums or news media comments about LE stories. Too many big mouths and too few brains.

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