Deborah Danner, 66, was fatally shot by New York Police Department Sgt. Hugh Barry on October 18, 2016, in her home in the Bronx, New York. According to police sources, she was armed with first a pair of scissors and then a baseball bat. According to an emergency medical technician, she had put the scissors down, and later on picked up a baseball bat.
On October 18th, 2016, a neighbor called 911 at 6:05 p.m. and reported that Danner was erratic. Police had been called to her apartment before.
According to the police, Danner had scissors, and Barry talked her into putting them down. Then she picked up a baseball bat and swung at him. Barry shot Danner twice, fatally wounding her. He was the only officer in the bedroom, although others were on the scene.
According to court testimony by Brittney Mullings, an emergency medical technician, Mullings had arrived before Barry. Danner had put down the scissors and Mullings was talking to her. Danner was not holding anything in her hands. Mullings was trying to explain to Danner why they had arrived. Barry then arrived, and did not talk to Mullings or Danner. The police interrupted their conversation, and Danner retreated into her bedroom. Six police officers followed Danner into her bedroom, and a minute later, Mullings heard two shots.
Barry was charged with murder and manslaughter in May, 2017. He was acquitted in February, 2018.
And sings my soul my savior is here
I sing my words, I speak my fear
I wrestle with demons and hear angels
But I can hear you softly and still
Thank you. God be with you.
Be of good cheer
I have put down scissors you say weapon
I sing fears that have been heaped upon
Me for years as Eleanor has called to me
Her force flowing waters that fall to sea
And she embraces me now I am gone