FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The daughter of a 71-year-old Fort Myers woman shot by sheriff’s deputies last week said her mother was “virtually inconsolable” over a personal matter just before the confrontation.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Patricia Mapes — according to her daughter — got some unspecified bad news earlier in the day and may have been suicidal when she threatened deputies with a gun March 23. She was shot and is in critical condition at a hospital.

The News-Press of Fort Myers ( ) reports that deputies were called to the residence by Mapes’ daughter. They announced their presence before Mapes threatened to shoot them and stood in a doorway pointing a handgun.

Mapes exchanged shots with the deputies and crumpled to the ground. None of the deputies were injured.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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