TAMARAC, Fla. - Two women were found dead in Tamarac Wednesday morning, and one was fatally shot by a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy.
The shooting happened in the 4700 block of NW 44th Street about 10:45 a.m.
A neighbor flagged down a deputy and told him a woman, identified as Linda Sue Davis, was waving a gun around further up the street, said BSO.
The deputy approached Davis and told her to drop the gun, said BSO. She backed up a few steps and reportedly pointed the gun toward the deputy, who shot and killed her.
"There was a female in the middle of the street waving a firearm. He approached the female. He ordered for her to drop the firearm repeatedly. She did not. The deputy fired at least one show," said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, who was sworn in on Tuesday.
Another woman's body was then found in the driveway of the home. BSO said Davis shot her inside of the house.
Andrew Davis, Linda Sue Davis' brother, said she had a medical condition.
"I have seven sisters and this is my second sister," said Davis. "She's gone."
Davis said his sister previously had a nervous breakdown.
"She had never had nothing on her to have a gun. Never known her to have a gun in the house," he said.
"They ended up shooting her cause she had a gun in her hand," said Barbara Brooks, Davis' niece.
Brooks didn't know a second woman was killed until she spoke with Local 10 Crime Specialist John Turchin.
"I didn't know that. Oh wow," said Brooks. "Oh my lord."
"It shocked me. I said 'A gun?' I couldn't believe that. I don't know why she got a gun. How did she get a gun?" said Mary Brooks, Davis' sister.
Barbara Brooks said Davis suffered from depression.
"She had some things, some issues, some real serious issues," she said.
Davis' family said she had been Baker Acted before. BSO deputies responded to her home 79 times since March 2008 for various reasons categorized as suspicious incidents, a mentally ill person, medical calls, information, breaking and entering and disturbances, among other things.
The other woman's name wasn't immediately released. Local 10 has learned she lived down the street from Davis.
The deputy who fired his gun was placed on administrative leave.
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