Family of woman shot by police says they are ‘living a nightmare’

Melissa Boarts

MONTGOMERY, Ala.– Melissa Boarts’ family says they did something on Wednesday, they never thought they would do: make funeral arrangements for Melissa.

This comes three days after Melissa was shot by Auburn Police on Red Creek Road in Macon County.

Melissa Boarts
Melissa Boarts

The Boarts say when they learned Melissa had a pocket knife and was threatening to do harm to herself, they called 911 to get her help and they drove to try and help her as well. “We were right there,” Melissa’s mother Terry said. “The cops could have had us come talk to her. We were that close to her. We were right there at the edge of the road where they killed my daughter.”

The family says they told operators Melissa had mental illnesses and that she had a pocket knife. Her family says they were led to believe Melissa had crashed her car and added they did not learn the details of her death until hours after it happened.

(L to R) Melissa's twin sister Melinda, her father Michael and mother Terry
(L to R) Melissa’s twin sister Melinda, her father Michael and mother Terry

The family says they are seeking answers and are seeking legal action in the matter. They say they do not feel Melissa’s death was justified. “It’s like somebody cut your guts out,” Melissa’s father Michael said. “I don’t know if you’ve lost anybody really close to you, but it’s not like losing your actual child. To me, that’s gotta be the worst thing in the world for anybody to deal with is losing a child.”

Melissa’s funeral is set for Friday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. with the burial at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery.

Auburn Police say the officers felt their safety was at risk and as a result, deadly force was necessary.

They say the officers involved are on paid administrative leave until the investigation concludes.

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