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Police Break in, Shoot Woman 3 Times after She Calls 911

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ALPHARETTA, GA -- Around 6:20pm on Sept. 25, 2013, a group including 14 Alpharetta Police officers, three firefighters and two medics broke into Amy Bramuchi's attractive townhome. The police had no warrant but received an out of state call saying that she was suicidal and had a gun. Ms. Bramuchi takes medication for depression and had gone to bed early because she did not feel well. Alpharetta police who had no trouble locating her residence claim they tried to contact her but phone records show that she received no calls from them.

When Amy Bramuchi woke up and opened her bedroom door she says she was confronted by Officer Mark Glass who was pointing a gun directly at her. She asked why they were there but received no answer and was told to come downstairs. After seeing her front door broken down by the police she demanded that they leave. They refused and Amy called 911 to try and get them out of her house. The 911 dispatcher told her to talk with the officer in charge at the scene who she later found to be Lt. Trent Lindgren. When the officers refused her request to speak with Lt. Lindgren she ran back to her bedroom. Officers Glass and Randal Stone followed her back to the bedroom where they shot her 3 times.

The shooting by Alpharetta Police inflicted permanent debilitating injuries on Amy Bramuchi who they were allegedly attempting to "save" from committing suicide. She suffered a collapsed lung, shattered sternum and fractured ribs. She also lost 12 inches of intestines and had a lung lobe removed during about 13 hours of surgery. Her attackers, Stone, Glass and Lindgren, are still on the Alpharetta Police force.

On April 14, 2015, a-year-and a-half after being shot three times, Amy Bramuchi was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of obstruction and possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony. All charges stemmed from the Alpharetta Police attack on her. She turned herself in on April 24 and was jailed for a day until her father arranged to post a standard bond.

The "wellness check" on Ms. Bramuchi escalated after Alpharetta Police officers Lindgren, Glass, Stone and others refused to leave, insisted that they were going to take her in for a psychological evaluation and followed her back into her bedroom. Officer Glass contended that he shot Ms. Bramuchi after she picked up a gun and pointed it at Officer Stone. Ms. Bramuchi legally owns a gun but insists it was never loaded and never pointed at anyone. GBI photographs confirmed that the gun was not loaded. Ms. Bramuchi contends that she went to get her gun because the police had provoked her into considering suicide.

History and facts support Amy Bramuchi's version of events rather than the police version. She has lived here much of her life and has threatened suicide on several occasions but she has no record in Georgia of ever physically harming anyone or being convicted of any crime.

The argument of whether or not Amy Bramuchi pointed a gun at an officer is actually a moot point. The Defense of Habitation Act gives her the right to forcefully defend her property against trespassers who refuse to leave, even those trespassers who wear badges. The act cites three conditions under which force can be legally used if any one of the conditions is met. According to the law, Amy Bramuchi was justified in pointing a gun at any officer in her house on not one, but all three conditions. [ O.C.G.A. 16-3-23]

Prior to the shooting Alpharetta Police appear to have violated the clear plain text of numerous laws, constitutional clauses, their own procedures and their oath of office as Georgia peace officers. U.S. Constitutional violations include failure to uphold the 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure as well as the 14th Amendment right to due process. Georgia Constitutional violations include failure to protect life, liberty, person and property. [Art. 1 Sec. 1] Legal violations include attempted kidnapping, practicing medicine without a license and failing to comply with patient rights guidelines. [O.C. G.A. 37-3] Oath of office violations include failing to protect lives and property, failure to maintain order, and failure to safeguard constitutional liberties for all. Alpharetta Police procedure violations include unauthorized judgements, escalating a situation instead of taking steps to calm it, agitating and threatening Ms. Bramuchi and failing to provide her reassurance and appropriate care. [02-07]

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