On Friday evening, a 71 year old woman was injured in an exchange of gunfire with Sheriff’s Deputies inside the woman’s home in Ft. Myers, Florida. Deputies report they were conducting a well-check on the woman. When they arrived, the front door was open and lights were on inside the home. Deputies stated they announced their presence and entered the home and that’s when the situation turned violent.
Granny opened fire and got off 2 rounds before she was wounded. Sheriff Scott continued to say that 71-year-old Patricia Mapes shot two rounds at deputies which led to the gunfire exchange. The exchange of gunfire left Mapes wounded and in the hospital. Neither television nor newspaper accounts went so far as to report that Ms. Mapes was shot by the Deputies. Neither officer was wounded. Sheriff Scott also reported that the wounded woman “made comments prior to discharging her pistol”.
She might have said something like “Where are my glasses?” “Have you seen my hearing aids?” “Do you know how to work this remote?” or maybe something like “I said get out of my house”.
No reports on whether Ms. Mapes will be charged or whether she will invoke Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law upon discovering 2 armed men in her home.