By: Ryan Lee Hall
A troubled woman from Illinois, who got a trip to the hospital in a car of a police officer grabbed his service weapon and killed herself while the officer was driving, police said.
Stephanie Hicks, 20, of Alton Illinois, was walking the 10 miles from home to a hospital in St. Louis, where she thought of registering herself for mental health help, police said.
With temperatures near 100 degrees, the police officer, who was not identified, offered her a ride while crossing a bridge.
While not the typical protocol to allow complimentary rides, the officer called his supervisor to get permission, according to reports. The officer also allowed her to sit in the front seat, possibly because it was cooler there.
"For some reason we'll never know, she decided to disarm the officer by surprising him," said President David Hayes to the news media. "It was an unexpected move for her. The officer did
not perceive her as a threat. She is five feet tall, one hundred pounds, and nobody in their right mind can perceive a person like that to be a threat."
Hicks reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder. Her mother, Robbin Hicks said Stephanie attempted suicide a year ago. She also said her daughter left a note some days ago. She bitterly questioned the police version.
"I do not believe the Alton police and there is nothing they can say to make me believe them," she told the news media.
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