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MSHP: Woman shot by officer shot herself, then pointed gun at officer

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 17:43:36-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman who led police on a chase shot herself in the chest before pointing the gun at officers, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Friday, the woman was seen ramming another vehicle with her own near Price Chopper, which is located just north of the Interstate 70 interchange with Buckner-Tarsney Road, before assaulting the other driver.

Grain Valley police intercepted the woman as she fled. When she refused to stop, officers initiated a low-speed chase along Buckner-Tarsney Road.

A 2-year-old girl was in the backseat.

MSHP, which is the agency investigating the incident, released additional details Tuesday about what happened after the woman eventually stopped her vehicle in the 1400 block of Green Forest Way.

Sgt. Andy Bell, a spokesman for the patrol, said the woman jumped out of the car and shot herself in the chest.

The woman dropped to her knees, but was able to retrieve her gun and pointed it at a Grain Valley officer.

He ordered her several times to put the gun down, MSHP said, but she refused.

The officer fired once and the woman fell to the ground. Officers began treating her at the scene.

The officer’s shot was not fatal, according to MSHP.

The woman remains in the ICU.

The officer was not injured.