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Fort Worth police fatally shoot woman

FORT WORTH -- A woman sitting alone in a car in Buck Sansom Park was fatally shot Wednesday night by a police officer after she shot herself in the head and then aimed her gun at an officer, police reported.

The woman was identified Thursday as Sheena Bivens, 23. No other information, such as where she lived, was provided.

Two Fort Worth officers came upon the woman sitting in her 2001 Ford Taurus about 10:40 p.m. Thursday, said Lt. Ken Dean of the police major case unit.

"She was obviously troubled about something," Dean said.

One officer approached the driver's side, and the other approached the passenger's side.

One officer placed his hand on the woman's shoulder, and she leaned back revealing a .22-caliber handgun between her legs, said Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman.

She then suddenly put the gun to her head and pulled the trigger. The woman then cocked the gun and pointed it at the officer through the front passenger window, prompting him to fire through the windshield, Henderson said.

Bivens was struck twice in the chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers weren't injured.

Police were still investigating the incident Thursday.

"She probably came here to do this," Dean said. "She obviously already had the weapon with her."

The shooting appeared to be justified, Henderson said, but the case will be reviewed by a Tarrant County grand jury.

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