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Woman shot dead vowed 'to do suicide by cop'

EAST FLAT ROCK —A woman who was shot dead by Henderson County Sheriff's deputies Monday told her caregiver that "she was going to do suicide by cop" if the caregiver called the law to her house in East Flat Rock, according to the tape of a 911 call the sheriff's office released on Tuesday. The caregiver did call 911, telling a dispatcher that the woman, who was on a presciption stimulant made to treat attention deficit disorder, had tried to choke her.

The woman, Kay Frances Campbell, 60, was shot dead when she pointed what was thought to be a weapon at sheriff's deputies.

Based on the caregiver's call, deputies responded to the house at 422 East Blue Ridge Road. The shooting happened while deputies waited for involuntary commitment papers to arrive.

"She’s been on Adderell and we’ve had so many problems with her,” the caller told the dispatcher. For the first time Campbell had put her hands around the caregiver’s neck, the caller said. “She did tell me that she was going to do suicide by cop if I called. She’s very very obstinate right now.”

The caller also said Campbell had taken a small pistol several days earlier and had not given it back.

As standard protocol the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been called to investigate. Deputies involved in the shooting were not injured. The sheriff's spokesman, Maj. Frank Stout, said the investigation is ongoing.