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Naked Woman Fatally Shot by Police

A naked woman with a weapon confronted officer William Mechler and a Hernando Sheriff's deputy while they were off duty at a gathering.

An off-duty Tampa police officer was involved in a shooting Saturday that left a woman dead.

Tampa Police Officer William W. Mechler, 26, was at a “social gathering” with Hernando County Sheriff’s Det. Rocky Howard, 31, in Spring Hill when they were approached by “an armed, naked and irrational female,” according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

The gathering was at 9070 Orchard Parkway in Spring Hill, according to the Hernando County Sheriff' Office.

Both law enforcement officers were off duty.

The woman confronted them with a weapon, according to the police. One or both of the officers fired guns at her, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman was shot and died at the scene from her injuries.

The woman’s identity has not been released.

Both law enforcement officers have put on routine administrative leave while the incident is being looked into.

Mechler has four years experience in law enforcement. Howard has six years experience with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.

joyce michele October 21, 2012 at 04:12 AM
so... naked lady with gun finds 2 guys... rape victim? just shoot her? something does not add up here.
Maury October 21, 2012 at 04:34 AM
kill her. why?
Maury October 21, 2012 at 04:35 AM
they knew each other?
Judith E Vallely October 21, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I suppose she was pointing the gun at the officers and they had no other choice but to shoot her.
cody wilson October 21, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Funny they just say an armed woman it could have been a stick for all we know ,why didnt they just shoot in a leg or shoulder something dont add up here
Mr. Bill October 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM
A greater familiarity with their weapons would allow them the ability to hit their target in other areas other than center mass. It seems that alot only do what is required to pass their certification test.
Maria Esquerre October 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Why kill. ?
Sherri Lonon October 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
There are a lot of details about this one that likely won't be released until FDLE completes an investigation. We'll have updates as soon as they're available.
Timothy October 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
To all the people that are saying "why didn't they just shoot her in the leg". A firearm is a deadly use of force option.... not to cripple someone. An officer uses secondary weapons such as pepper spray, baton, taser etc if the threat against them is not considered life threatening. A firearm is used when the suspect shows intent, and ability to create great bodily harm or death to the officer. Also center mass is the most effective area to stop the attacker and due to the size of the target area has the least chance of missing your target and hitting an innocent bystander behind the suspect. Sherri is right, there is more questions than answers so we will have to wait and see what all went down. If it comes out that the weapon she had was just a stick then I have no problem siding with those of you that believe excessive force was used.
ben noyes October 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM
The ARMED part--IF she had a gun-it would have been stated- The Hernando County Sheriff's Office.forbids off duty carry of weapons Like to see what eyewitness's have to say Be careful cops go to parties armed
Timothy October 22, 2012 at 04:28 PM
1. An agency cannot deny an officer the right to carry off duty. If you have a CWL license then you are good to go under your second amendment right. They can however restrict you from carrying their firearm while off duty (that is if they provide the officer with one, some agencies require you to by it yourself). 2. It would have been "stated" if the writer of this article had all the details, which they didn't because the story was still developing. *New Update* It is now reported that she was carrying a antique style handgun when she was shot. 3. Cops go armed almost everywhere since they have sworn to protect the lives of citizens like you and me regardless if they are on or off shift. Thank God for our brave men and women that put on that badge every day!
ben noyes October 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Lt. Cinda Moore, a spokeswoman for the Hernando sheriff's office, said in an email late Saturday that she could not immediately identify the woman or disclose the weapon she was carrying. She said she also could not comment on what the woman specifically said or did or whether she was told to drop the weapon, explaining that the FDLE is leading the investigation. The Hernando County sheriff's office does permit the carrying of service weapons when off-duty, she said It is part of the agreement for Employment -not a matter of a CWL license an antique -she was carrying an antique-a naked woman carrying an antique was shot and killed-
Timothy October 22, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Gotcha, didn't read the email sent by the Lt. Just read via multiple news outlets that there was an antique gun in her possession. Correct the CWL would only need to come into play I believe if the officer is carrying his personal firearm while off duty (in the case the agency does not allow their firearm to be carried while off duty). As far as antique or new gun goes. Both have the ability to end your life. The officers would not have known whether or not this old looking weapon was in working order and had the ability to kill them.

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