Lesbian woman shot dead by police
A 37-year-old woman who was killed by a police marksman in the early hours of yesterday morning was a lesbian, it has emerged.
Friends and work colleagues have described Ann Sanderson as a gentle, loyal and helpful person who suffered from mental illness.
Police in the suburban town of Sevenoaks are investigating her death.
She was brandishing a firearm at officers, which she refused to put down when confronted.
She pointed the weapon, later found to be an imitation, at a police marksman, who shot her.
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Ms Sanderson is the first woman to have been purposely shot by British police.
Officers are investigating the suggestion that she actually goaded police into killing her, a practice called “suicide by cop.”
Neighbour Vivian Bain, 43, told the Evening Standard:
“She was a very nice person and very helpful if I needed anything.
“Ann was a tomboyish kind of person, had a shaved head and always wore combat trousers. I think she was into martial arts.
“She might have been suffering from a mental illness, as this row of houses is normally sheltered housing for patients.”
Ms Sanderson worked in a local shop and in a factory in the centre of the town.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating her death.