Maddie HoffmanAge 47 (born 20 Mar 1975)
19 May 2022
Malvern, Pennsylvania (USA)
Maddie died after being shot by police during a wellbeing check at her home.
Maddie Hofmann – a 47-year-old trans woman and parent of two young children – was shot and killed by police on 19 May during a wellness check at their home in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
The Chester County District Attorney’s Office claimed the police shooting was “justified” and isn’t indicting the officers who shot Hoffman three times, leading to their death. The police report detailed a struggle over a firearm as the ‘justification’ for the shooting.
Police found Hoffman in their home experiencing a mental health crisis and yelling that they were in a “crisis situation”. Investigators said the struggle and shooting happened in less than a minute, Fox 29 reported.
Hoffman was born in Korea and raised by their adopted family in New Jersey and Vermont, according to a GoFundMe created in honour of the late trans woman.
“Maddie’s family is devastated by this loss. Nationwide, police are usually the first responders to people with mental health crises,” the campaign said. It continued: “They are often not trained to provide proper support and the results have been deadly and devastating. “Maddie’s family wishes to elevate this important issue so that it does not happen to another person ever again.”
Hoffman is survived by a wife and two young children.
Just a few weeks later another trans person - Jasper Aaron Lynch - was killed in similar a deadly encounter with police.