Sunrise police shot and killed an armed woman who had barricaded herself inside her apartment for more than three hours Friday, according to authorities.
The Broward Sheriff’s office on Saturday identified the woman as Kristen Ambury, 28.
Residents living at the Water’s Edge complex, just north of Oakland Park Boulevard and east of Hiatus Road, described a tense scene, with as many as a dozen officers positioned near the scene and other officers at seemingly every corner.
Many neighbors trying to drive to their apartments after work were denied access. Residents who had been walking outside were told by police to go inside their apartments and stay there.
Police were called to the apartments at 4 p.m., after getting a call about a woman who was home alone and threatening to harm herself, said Veda Coleman-Wright, spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
When they arrived, Sunrise officers learned that Ambury, who was described as suicidal, and Sunrise’s SWAT team responded to the scene, Coleman-Wright said.
When communication with the SWAT team and Ambury broke off, officers tried to enter the apartment to make sure she hadn’t harmed herself, but they encountered the armed woman and shots were fired, Coleman-Wright said. The woman died at the scene and no officers were injured.
One resident who asked not to be identified said Ambury often walked her two small dogs throughout the complex, and sometimes sat for prolonged periods near the edge of the canal behind her building.
The resident said she heard as many as five shots at about 7:30 p.m.
It’s not clear from information released by the police or the Broward Sheriff’s Office so far whether Ambury fired her weapon at the officers.
Many residents said they were not allowed to return to their apartments until around midnight.
BSO homicide and crime scene detectives are investigating.
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