Police officers shoot suicidal woman to death after her parents called them to save their daughter


Melissa Boarts 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A suicidal woman is dead after her parents called police officers to help them save their daughter, police in Alabama said.

36-year-old Melissa Boarts of Auburn, threatened the slit her wrists before taking her vehicle and driving away from her parents’ home.

After Boarts disappeared on Sunday, her mother went looking for her, with her 2-year-old granddaughter in the car. The parents were able to track down their daughter by following her GPS.

The victim’s mother, Terry Boarts, said that she called the police and told them that her daughter was having mental problems.

She was bipolar, and had been very depressed. Terry told police that her daughter is in possession of a knife. Police officers began looking for Melissa around 3:30 p.m.

They located her driving down Interstate 85, and followed the vehicle until the driver stopped on Red Creek Road. Melissa then left her vehicle armed with a knife and charged at the officers.

Officers opened fire and killed Melissa.

Her father, Michael Boarts, who worked for 25 years as an officer at the Alabama Department of Corrections, said that there was absolutely no justification for the shooting.