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Sheriff: Woman shot by Elmore deputy while trying to run him over in a stolen truck

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Marty Roney
Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

An Enterprise woman was in a Montgomery hospital Monday after being shot in the arm by an Elmore County deputy early Sunday morning.

She is in stable condition and her injury is not life threatening, said Sheriff Bill Franklin. Charges of attempted murder, theft of property and receiving stolen property are pending once she is released from the hospital, Franklin said. He declined to release her name until she has been arrested and charged.

The incident started at about 3 a.m. Sunday when the woman called 911 to say her vehicle was stuck off the road on Mitchell Creek Road in the Redland community. A patrol supervisor responded and found the vehicle, but no one around it. The deputy ran the plates and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Enterprise, Franklin said.

In the meantime, another deputy arrived.

“This is a secluded area with very little traffic at 3 o’clock in the morning,” the sheriff said. “The supervisor spotted another vehicle down the road and radioed the deputy to check it out. The deputy drove up, got out of his patrol unit and approached the vehicle. The female driver backed up. We had blue lights everywhere. The deputy attempted to get in front of the vehicle with his patrol unit.

“When he got out to approach the vehicle again, the woman tried the run over the deputy. He got out of the way and in the process fired one round into the cab of the vehicle, striking the woman in the upper left bicep.”

The woman was taken into custody and given medical treatment. The Toyota Tacoma she was driving was registered to a person who lived nearby.

“She had apparently stolen the Toyota from the man’s barn,” Franklin said. “We knocked on his door and woke him up. He didn’t know the truck had been stolen.”

The woman told deputies she had driven to Elmore County from Coffee County to visit her boyfriend. Franklin said investigators are looking for the boyfriend to interview him.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the officer-involved shooting, which is standard procedure.

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