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St. Pete police ID mentally ill woman officer shot and killed

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Published:   |   Updated: April 29, 2013 at 07:23 PM
St. Petersburg police this morning identified -

the mentally ill woman an officer fatally shot Sunday evening after she pointed a gun at him as Pamela Dale Kirk.

Kirk, 53, had been taken into protective custody under the state’s Baker Act five times, once in 2010, three times in 2011 and once in 2012. On Feb. 1, 2011 hours before one of the occasions she was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward police took three guns from her, said police spokesman Bill Proffitt. She was upset over a breakup with a girlfriend.

Sunday’s shooting was the second time in as many months that a St. Petersburg police officer killed an armed person with mental issues.

The shooting happened after a field training officer and a trainee were dispatched to 2630 13th Ave. N. to check on Kirk’s welfare about 8:15 p.m. A backup officer arrived, too.

Neighbors told police she had been behaving strangely all day.

All three officers walked up to the front door, and then the field training officer, 38-year-old Christopher Dolch, went to the back of the residence Proffitt said.

Dolch was at the back of the house when Kirk pulled back the curtain of a large window near the back door and pointed a silver Smith and Wesson .38 Special at him, Proffitt said. Dolch fired three times through the window, possibly hitting her twice in the chest.

Kirk died soon after at Bayfront Medical Center.

Both the police department and the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the shooting.

On March 10, two St. Petersburg police officers fatally shot a man who approached them with a pair of scissors.


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