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Woman, Anxious About COVID-19, Shoots at St. Pete Police Officer

Brenda Martin | St Petersburg Police | Arrests

The officer was not injured.

ST. PETERSBURG – A woman who was anxious about COVID-19 coronavirus shot at a police officer when he went to check on her, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.

The officer was able to take cover and was not injured.

Brenda Martin, 63, of St. Petersburg, was arrested and charged with one count each of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest.

Police said that about 4 a.m. Tuesday (March 31), Martin’s family members asked officers to do a welfare check on her because she was anxious about COVID-19 and making concerning statements.

When an officer knocked on the front of her home, Martin opened the door, pointed a handgun and fired at the officer. The officer was not injured and was able to take cover. Martin later resisted arrest while officers took her into custody.

Police said there is help for people who are stressing about COVID-19 coronavirus. The Behavioral Health Work Group, in coordination with Directions for Living, has created a COVID-19-dedicated Emotional Support Call Line that is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week to help with emotional issues. Residents can call (727) 524-4464, ext. 1001. Additional information is available at

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