A woman accidentally shot and killed herself late Friday with a gun she bought to protect herself from unrest in Ferguson.
The woman, identified by police as 26-year-old Becca Campbell, was riding in a car with her boyfriend near some vacant lots in downtown St. Louis, reported CNN.
The 33-year-old man, whose name was not released, said Campbell waved the gun around and joked that the couple was ready for possible violence related to the pending grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown.
“We’re ready for Ferguson,” she allegedly said.
The man said he ducked to avoid the weapon and accidentally collided with the rear of another vehicle.
The crash caused the gun to fire accidentally, and Campbell was struck in the head by a bullet.
She later died at a hospital.
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Police are continuing to investigate to determine whether physical evidence backs the boyfriend’s account.
Retailers report a sharp spike in gun sales in recent weeks in the Ferguson area as a St. Louis County grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old.