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Armed, distraught woman shot to death by police after she made 911 hang up calls

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An armed and distraught woman was shot to death by officers who responded to her Henry County home after she made several 911 hang up calls from that location Thursday afternoon. The woman’s husband also called 911 on the way back to his home – and police are trying to determine why the calls were made.

So far, police have not identified the woman and it was unclear why she was so distraught.

The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. when officers were dispatched to the home on Cobb Court in Hampton in reference to a “trouble unknown – 911 hang up call,” according to Henry County police.

Dispatchers said a crying and distraught woman made three calls to 911, but each time the calls were disconnected, police spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith said. Officers arrived to hear a woman screaming inside the home and attempted to communicate with her, Smith said

“Due to the frantic 911 calls, officers under exigent circumstances made entry into the back door,” Smith said. “When entering the home the officers made contact with the distraught and crying female armed with a handgun.

“Officer's made several attempts to have the female drop the weapon and one of officers was forced to fire upon the female, striking her once.”

He did not say where on the body the woman was shot. The victim was transported to Piedmont Henry where she was pronounced dead at 5:27 p.m., he said.

No one else was inside the home at the time of the incident. The husband, who had also contacted 911 concerning his wife while enroute to the home, arrived shortly after she was shot, Smith said. It’s unclear what he said to dispatchers when he called.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene and have taken over the investigation, police said. The two officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave with pay pending the results of the investigation.

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