A woman pursued by authorities during a Monday drug investigation in Americus fired a gun at least twice, hitting herself in the head outside of a hospital, Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith said.
The shooting stemmed from an ongoing drug investigation that reached its climax as deputies approached a man and woman at the Winn-Dixie on Ga. 49 in Americus around 1:30 p.m., Smith said.
The man was taken into custody, though the woman fled in a vehicle. Deputies followed her to East Forsyth Street and tried to stop her, the sheriff said.
“That’s when the shots started,” Smith added.
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The woman continued to a nearby hospital and drove to the emergency room area, where another one or two shots were fired, Smith said.
“One of those was self-inflicted,” he added.
Smith approached the vehicle and got the woman out of the car. The gunshot wound was to her head, though it was an angled shot and both she and the man are in the Sumter County Jail, the sheriff said.
The woman is the only one who fired shots during the incident.
The suspects’ names aren’t being released at this time.
The woman faces aggravated assault and drug charges. The man also faces drug charges. Both have arrest warrants from other jurisdictions, Smith said.