Florida sheriff’s office employee accidentally shoots, kills daughter, police say

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ST. CLOUD, Fla. — New details are emerging after an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office employee accidentally shot and killed her own daughter.

Just before midnight Tuesday, a communications operator with the Sheriff’s Office accidentally shot and killed her 27-year-old daughter.

According to police, the mother thought her daughter, who lived at home but had been away visiting family in North Carolina, was an intruder.

The mother fired one shot with her personal gun, a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Neither the 911 call, nor the police report released to the media, shows the couple ever made mention there had been a shooting.

Her husband, a corporal with the St. Cloud police, was asleep when it happened. Police officials said he was unaware of what happened and, because the victim had a pacemaker, he thought she was having a medical issue.

“Baby, I love you so much,” is heard on the 911 call, followed by, “Please, please don’t go.”

Detectives believe the shooting was accidental. The case is being investigated by St. Cloud police.

The chief told a WESH 2 reporter that he consulted with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He said it was determined they could lead the investigation, since this was not an officer-involved shooting and the gun was privately owned.

County officials referred questions back to police.

Police stress the investigation is ongoing and they are awaiting results from the Medical Examiner’s Office, which has said the victim was shot in the torso and has ruled the death a homicide.

A full report is expected to take 10-12 weeks to complete.

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