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The last words Elsa Cruz heard her husband say, in response to the police officers banging on his locked front door, were: “Don’t knock on my door, it’s against my will.”
She’ll never forget what came next.
“I heard, bluh, bluh, bluh – the sound of the tool as they broke the door down. new balance 2018 pas cher There was silence, then a loud bang.”
The shot hit her husband, Samuel, a Puerto Rican artist living in New Rochelle, New York, in the chest, and left him dying a pool of blood in their homes.
The encounter that led to the shooting, which happened in May of this year, began when Cruz, 55, called 911 to try to get medical help for her husband, who had become agitated. When police arrived, she told them that he had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but did not have a weapon. She begged them to allow her to talk to him, but they refused and told her to stay away.