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Woman shoots herself in hospital parking lot

AMERICUS -- A woman was injured Monday afternoon when she open fired on a Sumter County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in Americus.

According to Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith, the woman, whose identity is not being released by law enforcement, is a subject in an ongoing investigation by the sheriff's department.

Investigators said Monday around 12:50 p.m., the woman pulled into the parking lot of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center after the deputy issued the traffic stop.

After obtaining the woman's identification, the deputy discovered that the unidentified woman had a drug warrant out for her arrest from another county.

Smith said the woman then produced a gun and started shooting while the deputy was still inside his cruiser.

"She shot out the back window of the car at the deputy and then tried to shoot herself," said the sheriff.

Investigators said they are still unsure of how many shots were fired by the women, but know that at least one other vehicle in the parking lot was struck by a spent round.

GBI Special Agent-in-Charge Danny Jackson said the woman test fired one shot into the floorboard of her vehicle before turning the gun on herself.

According to her statements made to GBI investigators, Jackson said the women did not try to shoot at the deputy and that she was the only one who fired a weapon.

"She attempted to shoot herself while she was in the vehicle," the GBI special agent said. "The bullet grazed her head and she is fine."

Smith said the women was treated by medical personnel from the hospital while in the parking lot before the sheriff's office took her into custody.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office said they arrested both the woman and an unidentified man at the scene of the shooting Monday.

Law enforcement said the investigation is still active.