Fort Madison police identify girl who shot herself

Fort Madison police have identified a 13-year-old girl who shot herself after an officer began to approach her on a city street.

Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer identified the girl as Samantha Brooke Chismark, of Fort Madison. She shot herself June 11 and died the next day.

Niggemeyer told

the Burlington Hawk Eye

that Capt. Todd Shields stopped his car about 4 a.m. June 11 after spotting a girl walking along the street. Before he could reach her, Chismark took a handgun from her purse and shot herself in the head.

She was taken to a Fort Madison hospital and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where she died.

Niggemeyer say Chismark doesn't appear to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.