Police: Woman fatally shot after dragging officer under vehicle

Police: Woman fatally shot after dragging officer under vehicle
Investigators on the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Montgomery.
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - What started as an investigation to find a stolen vehicle in Montgomery's Chisholm community quickly turned to a deadly situation involving police officers Tuesday morning.

The situation started shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Kiwanis Street, located on the city's north side not far from the Montgomery Zoo.

According to Capt. Regina Duckett, the public information officer for the Montgomery Police Department, two officers were involved in the altercation.

"As our officers approached the vehicle, the driver in the vehicle accelerated," Duckett said, "dragging one of our officers underneath [the vehicle]."

Duckett said the second officer responded by pulling their gun and firing on the driver, identified only as an adult female. The woman died from her injuries.

First responders rushed the officer who was dragged under the vehicle to an area hospital for treatment. Duckett, who could not identify either officer, said the one who was injured suffered non-life-threatening wounds.

Multiple law enforcement officers descended on the scene. Among them was Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey, who quickly went under police tape and down the street to the crime scene. Bailey did not make any statements.

Duckett said the investigation would be turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation, which will have to sort through the details to determine exactly what happened.

SBI's takeover of the investigation is a matter of protocol brought about because an officer fired their weapon. Also as a matter of policy, both officers will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

This is the second time in 2018 that an MPD officer has been injured in the line of duty and a suspect killed.

In February an MPD officer was injured and a shooting suspect was killed by responding officers during an incident in west Montgomery. That case also remains under investigation.

Here's video from the scene of Tuesday's fatal shooting.

Here's a map showing the general location of Tuesday's fatal shooting.

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