Officials: Woman shot by deputy wanted 'suicide by cop'

Volusia deputies: Woman called 911 to report intruder

Published On: May 02 2013 08:13:05 PM EDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 05:34:34 PM EDT
Patricia Marianetti
ORMOND-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. -

Volusia County sheriff's officials say a woman called 911 and pointed a device that looked like a weapon at a deputy because she wanted to be shot and killed.

Authorities said the shooting happened Thursday after 6 p.m. at 20 Eloise Circle in Ormond-by-the-Sea.  Neighbors and the woman's ex-husband have identified her as 61-year-old Patricia Marianetti.

[Audio: 911 call]

Deputies said Marianetti called authorities to report that someone was trying to break into her home.

In the 911 call, Marianetti said "there's somebody in my house I need somebody to help me."

When deputies arrived at the scene, they encountered a woman outside the front door.

In the 911 call, Marianetti told authorities she was armed. "Where are you at in the house?" the dispatcher asked, to which Marianetti said, "by the front door and I have a gun."

When the woman, who told deputies she had a gun, pointed what turned out to be a pressure washer at them, a deputy fired one shot, striking her in the shoulder, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Marianetti was taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach to be treated for a non-life-threatening injury, where she made suicidal statements.

Marianetti was then taken for a mental evaluation under the Baker Act and no charges have been filed against her.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be investigating the shooting, and Deputy Omar Bello, 28, was placed on paid leave, which is standard procedure.

Bello has been with the Sheriff's Office for almost two years.

Neighbors tell Local 6 Marianetti had gone through a divorce a few years back.

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