Suspect that gunned down woman at mailbox, shot and killed by police

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - A North St. Louis County woman is gunned down at her mailbox.  The alleged shooter is her former neighbor who was recently evicted from her home.  The incident happened in the 6600 block of Foothills Court.

The standoff started 12 noon, where authorities say the female suspect opened fire on her neighbor, and then went back inside the home where she barricaded herself.

Police tried for several hours to talk to the suspect. After not getting any response, a tactical unit was called to the scene and just before 4:30 pm entered the house.  The suspect confronted the officers in the home with a handgun, and fired several shots at officers.  Fearing for their lives, two officers returned fire fatally wounding the suspect.

According to residents in the neighborhood, the suspect had been dealing with medical issues and recently received a notice that she had to vacate her home immediately.

Residents say she was disgruntled about her situation and started knocking on doors in the community asking for help.  Later she  confronted her 35-year-old neighbor at her mailbox and shot the victim  four times, once in the leg, once in the neck, and twice in the back.

The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, per department protocol.

And investigation into the incident is ongoing.