She killed Sobel at the regional DCF office where she stood over the body with her gun until witnesses tackled her and took the weapon. When police arrived, Herring was described as in a jovial mood, laughing and joking with police officers as they arrested her.
Records show she has been in mild trouble before including DUIs, disorderly conduct and domestic assault among the 11 misdemeanors on her record. Reports say she tried to call her brother twice before shooting the social worker. Once to ask him to get in contact with her immediately and the second, moments later urging him to watch the news and that he would wish he'd returned her call sooner.
She has pleaded not guilty to the shooting of the social worker but has yet to enter a plea on her relatives deaths.