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Woman preparing for Ferguson unrest 'shot self in head'

The woman is believed to have been waving the gun in a car when she accidentally shot herself, according to US reports.

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A WOMAN WHO bought a gun to prepare for possible unrest in the aftermath of the Ferguson verdict apparently shot herself in the head with the firearm, according to US reports.

A grand jury is set to announced later tonight whether to charge a Missouri police officer over the death of an unarmed black teenager in the Missouri town.

18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson on 9 August in the St Louis suburb. Protests staged by the community in the aftermath turned violent on occasion, and police were criticised for using riot gear to quell the demonstrations.

According to CNN, the fatal shooting of the woman happened in downtown St Louis on Friday.

26-year-old Becca Campbell was a passenger in a car involved in an accident. Her boyfriend was driving.

Quoting sources close to the police investigation, CNN reports that the woman’s boyfriend said afterwards that she had been waving the gun in the car and joking that the couple were ‘ready for Ferguson’.

He accidentally rear-ended another car, and the shock caused the gun in the woman’s hand to go off, the boyfriend is reported to have said.

The woman died later in hospital.

The police investigation is continuing.

Jay Nixon, the Governor of the state of Missouri, declared a state of emergency earlier this month, in anticipation of tonight’s grand jury decision.

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