Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

August 23, 2010

Shooting probed

AMERICUS — Two people are in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office custody today after a week-long drug investigation.

The scene ended dramatically at around 1 p.m. Monday at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center (PSMC.)

One person was initially taken into custody at Winn-Dixie a few minutes before a woman drove into PSMC’s parking lot, fired three shots, one which grazed the side of her head, then allowed Sheriff’s deputies to take her into custody. She was treated for non-life-threatening wounds, then released to Sumter County’s jail at around 5 p.m., where she remains, according to Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith.

No law enforcement officers fired guns, the sheriff said.

“There might be some other parties involved,” Smith said. “But we’ve got two people now in custody.”

As of press time, the Sheriff’s Office would not identify the people in custody because of the ongoing investigation.

Smith said one bullet exited the woman’s car out of the passenger’s side window and hit a PSMC employee’s car. Another of the three bullets grazed the side of the woman’s head; Smith said he wasn’t sure if the woman intended to shoot herself or not.

When the woman finally stopped her vehicle beside the oxygen tanks near the east side of PSMC near Wendy’s, she was still conscious.

Once the woman stopped her vehicle, she exited peacefully, Smith said.

“She got out of her car and got on the ground,” Smith said. “We saw she’d been shot, but she was conscious the whole time. We made sure she didn’t have any weapons on her. We got her on the gurney, and she just kept saying how sorry she was. We made sure she didn’t have any weapons ”

The bullet grazed the side of her head vertically, Smith said.

She was the spend the night in the medical section of the Sumter County jail, according to the sheriff.

Although Smith wouldn’t give specific details on the case, he mentioned that it may have to do with illegal prescription drugs.

The two people in custody are not from Sumter County; Smith said they were from a county north of Sumter.

“I’m just thankful (a bullet didn’t) hit a bystander,” Smith said. “A bullet don’t have a conscious once it leaves the barrel. Everyone worked together well.”

Any time there’s a shooting, a third department gets involved, Smith said, and that was the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region III Americus Office.

“They helped process the scene, and they’re processing the car now,” Smith said late Monday afternoon.

Smith is asking anyone who witnessed anything to come forward with any information.

“It would be a great help to us,” Smith said.

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