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Policewoman Commits Suicide After Wounding Daughter

February 12, 1994

SIRACUSA, Sicily (AP) _ A police officer committed suicide with a gunshot to her temple Saturday, mistakenly believing she had killed her daughter with the same pistol.

The girl, however, was only injured when the gun strapped to officer Natalia Gennaro’s belt accidentally went off. Moments later, a grieving Gennaro turned the gun on herself.

Her daughter, Federica, was hit in the lungs by the bullet and was taken to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Siracusa on Sicily’s eastern coast. Gennaro, 36, was a vice-inspector with the city’s police force.

She had a ″great sense of duty,″ said Mariella Primiceri, manager of the office of public aid of the Siracusa police force.

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