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Wis. woman: Sheriff said OK for her to arm herself

8:53 PM, Jan. 29, 2013  |  Comments
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke talks during a budget hearing in Milwaukee, Wis. The Wisconsin sheriff said he released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn't always the best option. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Gary Porter)
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2012 file photo, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke talks during a budget hearing in Milwaukee, Wis. The Wisconsin sheriff said he released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn't always the best option. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Gary Porter)
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MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee woman accused of firing a gun says the sheriff said it was OK for her to arm herself.

Police approached 36-year-old Makisha Cooper Saturday about firing a gun. Cooper told police she heard Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. on the radio "that she could own a gun to protect herself."

Clarke aired a radio ad last week telling Milwaukee-area residents not to count on a rapid police response to 911 calls and instead to take a gun safety course.

Cooper told police she fired a gun once outside a house after getting into a fight with her niece.

In a statement, the sheriff says "there is no parallel" between this case and what he said.

Cooper is charged with two misdemeanor counts.

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