Missing Woman Critical After Deputy-Involved Shooting In Martin County

A woman is in critical condition after a deputy involved shooting in Jensen Beach.

"Our prayers are certainly with the woman that we were forced to shoot. "That's the hardest thing any of us can do is to make a decision to fire at somebody else."

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says someone called 911, but hung up on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies responded to the area where the call came from and found a parked vehicle that was the subject of a bulletin issued earlier in the day for a missing and endangered woman.

49-year old Carrie Ann Demone from Michigan was in that vehicle and Snyder says she had slit her wrists.

He says the woman got out of the car and charged at a deputy with a knife, forcing him to fire two rounds, striking her. Demone was flown to the hospital.

Snyder says the woman has an extensive background of mental illness and it's unclear whether she was actually trying to stab the deputy or commit suicide by cop.

The deputy involved is on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

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