St. Cloud Police Cpl. Claude Campbell, Jr. placed a breathless 911 call late Tuesday evening as his step-daughter lay unconscious in his 10th Street home.
He tells the dispatcher that 27-year-old Ashley Doby has “passed out. She has a pacemaker. She has a heart problem,” in a recording released by police.
But not once during the five-minute 911 call does Campbell, a veteran member of the St. Cloud Police Department, mention why Doby was struggling to breathe: a gunshot wound to the chest.
Campbell omitted that fact because he was asleep when his wife shot Doby, mistaking her for an intruder, police said on Wednesday. He didn’t realize what happened until his wife — a 911 dispatcher with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office – explained it to him, according to authorities.
It was too late. Doby was taken to a local hospital, where she later died. Her death is being characterized by St. Cloud Police as an “accidental shooting,” according to Sgt. Denise Roberts. Sherry Campbell, 45, fired one fatal shot. She has not been arrested on any criminal charges.
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