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St. Cloud police say mom mistook daughter for intruder, shot her dead

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A mother in central Florida mistook her daughter for an intruder and shot her to death, police said Wednesday.

The mother was asleep when she heard someone enter her home late Tuesday, St. Cloud police Sgt. Denise Roberts said Wednesday. The mother told police she heard footsteps approaching quickly so she fired a single shot.

She then discovered the person was her 27-year-old daughter, according to a news release from police.

The daughter was taken to a hospital where she died. The mother also was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Roberts said she didn’t know whether the daughter lived in the same house with her mother.

St. Cloud Police officials said they aren’t releasing the names of the mother or daughter since a person in their household is in law enforcement, and Florida law permits the withholding of identities under such circumstances.

Detectives were investigating the case but say so far the mother’s story matches the evidence.

“At this time, the incident appears to be an accidental shooting,” the news release said.

The State Attorney’s Office will review the shooting to decide whether charges should be filed after the St. Cloud Police Department has completed its investigation.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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