Since the death of her mother at age four, 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard struggled with bipolar disorder and depression. She was hospitalized for suicidal behavior twice; once for trying to hang herself and once after she drank toilet bowl cleaner.
Coignard was shot and killed by three officers last Thursday in the lobby of Longview Police Department in Texas, after she reportedly asked to talk to an officer while wielding a weapon.
Many details as to what took place are still unavailable, but the three police officers are now on leave, and the case has since been turned over to the Texas Rangers.
Coignard’s Aunt, Heather Robertson, with whom she was living at the time, believes that the officers could have handled the situation differently: