Nurse who spoke at RNC arrested for shooting woman in the stomach
Amy Ford claims she shot the woman in self-defense
Amy Ford, a West Virginia nurse who spoke at this year's Republican National Convention, was arrested Saturday after shooting a woman in the stomach in her hometown.
Ford, 39, identified as Amy Thorn on the court record, was charged with malicious or unlawful assault after shooting a woman in her stomach in Williamson, West Virginia. The victim was identified as Jonda Whitt by WSAZ-TV.
Ford also goes from Amy Johnson, reports the local news agency.
Amy Ford speaks at the Republican National Convention in August 2020. (via screenshot)
While details of the incident remain unknown, Mingo county police chief Grady Dotson stated that Ford claimed she was defending herself, according to WCHS-TV. Whitt is being treated at a local hospital and her injuries are not life threatening.
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Ford put on loan and was released from custody.
Ford first caught public attention when she volunteered to treat COVID-19 patients at a New York hospital during the early months of the U.S. coronavirus crisis. WCHS-TV reported that the mother of three had traveled there from Mingo County to work in congested hospitals when the state was the epicenter of the outbreak.
With small cases in West Virginia at the time, Ford said treating COVID-19 patients in New York gave her a fuller understanding of how bad the pandemic was getting, stating, "As soon as I was able to [ to come to New York] and see it myself, at this point this is the only way to slow it down so we can get it done. "
She was invited to speak at the RNC in August 2020, where she shared her story and praised President Donald Trump for his administration's response to COVID-19.
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"President Trump recognized the threat this virus poses to all Americans early on and made rapid policy changes," said Ford in her nearly three-minute speech on expanding telehealth services. "As a health care professional, I have no hesitation in telling you, Donald Trump's quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19, and the benefits of this response extend well beyond coronavirus."
Ford's comments on Trump's reaction came weeks before the Washington Post reported that a tape of interviews veteran journalist Bob Woodward conducted with Trump revealed that the president had deliberately downplayed the severity of the virus.
"I always wanted to downplay it," Trump told Woodward in March.
"I still like to downplay it because I don't want to panic."
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