Woman shot dead by Winter Park police in welfare check found not guilty

Orange County, Florida – Woman was found not guilty on Thursday evening of aggravated assault against law enforcement officer following jury trial more than four years after being shot by a Winter Park police officer in her bed during a well-being check.

Bobbie Sapp, 50, is a registered nurse with no criminal background. Before the trial, she told News 6 that she believed her ex-boyfriend had used the welfare check in retaliation.

Sapp was originally charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm and three counts of aggravated assault with a fatal weapon against a law enforcement officer. The state dropped the attempted murder charges before the trial began.

If found guilty, she faces life imprisonment.

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Sapp was found not guilty on all counts Thursday night following a jury trial.

The trial ends events that unfolded after Sapp’s ex-boyfriend called the police in September 2017.

Sapp was sleeping in the Winter Park house at the time and said she slept with a gun because she feared her ex would come home.

“My girlfriend threatened to kill herself last night. I just got home trying to get in, “Sapp’s ex-boyfriend told the 911 operator, later saying,” She’s been threatened with suicide by a cop before.

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“I was sleeping in my bed. I didn’t envision suicide or cop suicide at all, ”Sapp told News 6 in October 2019.

When the police arrived, Sapp’s ex showed them how to get into the house, according to an interview with Constable Jeff Marcum.

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Then the three agents entered the house, through the living room and finally into Sapp’s bedroom where she was sleeping.

Marcum, a 23-year veteran of the Winter Park Police Department, describes in an interview with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement what happened next.

“I’m thinking of the ‘cop suicide’ call,” Marcum said. “We yell at him over, you know, ‘Let us see your hands, let us see your hands.'”

Sapp, who is legally blind, said she did not have her glasses on during the incident.

“I couldn’t identify anyone, but I remember there were dark figures standing in my room. They took off the blankets, ”she said.

“At that point, when she pulled the cover, Ms. Sapp immediately found a handgun and pointed it directly at us,” Marcum told investigators.

Sapp was then hit with a Taser and shot by Marcum.

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