Arming for Ferguson post-verdict turmoil, woman fatally shoots self
With tensions rising in Ferguson, a woman accidentally shot herself with a gun she had bought to protect herself in the event of unrest following the upcoming verdict in the case of Michael Brown, the black teen killed by a white officer.
Becca Campbell, 26, was the victim of an accidental, self-inflicted bullet wound to the head.
Campbell was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her unidentified 33-year-old boyfriend, a source with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department told CNN.
He told police they purchased the firearm in anticipation of unrest following a grand jury decision in the Aug 9 killing of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by white police officer, Darren Wilson.
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The unidentified boyfriend told police that as they were driving around St. Louis Friday night, Campbell jokingly waved the gun, saying they were “ready for Ferguson.”
Explaining that he ducked his head to avoid the firing line, the victim’s boyfriend accidentally struck another car, causing the gun to discharge, hitting Campbell with a bullet in the head.
An investigation is continuing as forensic experts examine the scene.
Twelve jurors have been deliberating for three months on the fate of Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Last week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency, pointing to the "possibility of expanded unrest."