Crime

Update: Lee County coroner identifies woman shot by sheriff's deputy

Ben Wright

benw@ledger-enquirer.com

A woman who was shot multiple times Friday as she steered a pickup truck toward a Lee County sheriff's deputy on Lee Road 443  was identified Saturday as Angela Hiatt, authorities said Saturday.

Hiatt, 41, of Lee County was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds at the scene at 11:59 p.m. CST Friday by Lee County Deputy Coroner Gene Manning, Coroner Bill Harris said in a release. Her body will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for a postmortem examination.

The coroner's office was called at 11:25 p.m. to the shooting in Phenix City after it occurred about 2:56 p.m.

The deputy, who wasn't shot, sustained a non-life-threatening injury to his hand. He was treated at the hospital and released the day of the incident, according to Sheriff Jay Jones.

The deputy, whose name hasn't been released, was placed on administrative leave immediately following the shooting.

 The incident remains under investigation by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation, Lee County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Original story

A woman who steered her pickup toward a Lee County sheriff’s deputy was shot Friday afternoon after a short chase on Lee Road 443 in the Smiths Station area, authorities said.

 The condition of the woman who sustained a gunshot wasn’t immediately available after her pickup truck hit the deputy’s vehicle and struck a house. An 18-year-old male passenger wasn’t injured.

 Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said the unidentified male deputy was taken to East Alabama Medical Center for examination and treatment. “He’s going to be fine but he did sustain a minor injury,” he said. “He did require some treatment at the hospital but not life-threatening.”

 The sheriff said the deputy was on routine patrol around 2:17 CST when he encountered two occupants in a pickup with a license plate registered to another vehicle near the intersection of Lee Road 236. During a routine check, the deputy learned an outstanding warrant was issued for the 41-year-old woman.

  The deputy attempted to take the woman into custody when the pickup sped down Lee Road 443, also known as Stafford Road. After a short chase and the vehicle stopped, the deputy again tried to take the woman into custody.

 As the pickup sped toward the deputy, he fired at the truck before it struck the deputy’s patrol vehicle, left the roadway and stopped inside a nearby house.

 As part of standard procedure, Jones said the investigation has been turned over to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.

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