SJC deputies shoot, kill woman with shotgun

FDLE asked to investigate officer-involved shooting

St Johns County deputies shot and kill a woman after she pointed a gun at them.
St Johns County deputies shot and kill a woman after she pointed a gun at them.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies responding to a call about a man with a gun in woods off County Road 214 on Saturday night opened fire on a woman who refused to drop a shotgun, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies dispatched just before 10:30 p.m. to a home in rural area in the 2900 block of C.R. 214 learned there had been a domestic altercation at the house and that a man had taken a gun into the woods and was threatening to harm himself.

Arriving deputies said they saw a woman, identified as Andrea Sheldon, 46, come to the front door of the home armed with a firearm.  Rather that putting down the gun when asked, deputies said she pointed it directly at them.  The Sheriff's Office said deputies fired at her.

Despite lifesaving efforts, Sheldon was pronounced dead by St. Johns County Fire-Rescue. 

Deputies began looking for the original subject of the call, and with the help of a helicopter, he was found in his vehicle stuck on a dirt road a good distance from the home.

While the man did have a gun, deputies say he surrendered it when they arrived.

Sheriff David Shoar requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the shooting.

The deputies that were involved in the shooting -- Sgt. Glen Lappe, Dep. Michael Williams, Dep. Scott Stokes, and Dep. Cameron Coward, -- have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.