Brunswick police shoot woman after car chase

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Glynn County police shot a woman about noon Friday as she drove her car toward them at the end of a bizarre slow pursuit from Colonial Mall Glynn Place into a neighborhood about a mile away, Police Chief Matt Doering said.

Police investigators mark the eight bullet holes in the windshield of the 1991 Buick whose driver was shot by police Friday after she drove at them in a bizarre slow pursuit.  Terry Dickson/ Morris News Service
Terry Dickson/ Morris News Service
Police investigators mark the eight bullet holes in the windshield of the 1991 Buick whose driver was shot by police Friday after she drove at them in a bizarre slow pursuit.

Georgia State Patrol troopers and Glynn County police who had chased the car thought they had it stopped when the driver began to steer through a gap between two patrol cars directly toward two Glynn officers, Doering said.

The officers, a sergeant and a patrol officer, fired eight shots altogether into the car's windshield, one of which struck the driver in the face, Doering said.

Doering identified the driver as Carolyn Small, 35, and said her last address was in Waverly Pines, the subdivision where the chase stopped with the shooting in the 200 block of Armstrong Avenue.

A bullet struck Small in the cheek, and she was taken to a Savannah hospital where she was in stable condition and expected to recover fully, Doering said.

His office will conduct its own internal investigation, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has joined in investigating the shooting.

GBI crime-scene investigators were examining the car Friday night in the police department's garage, where it was impounded.

Doering said the entire incident was recorded by cameras in the officers' cars and it appears now that the officers acted reasonably in firing on the driver.

"I am satisfied right now the officers' conduct was reasonable, that they genuinely feared for their safety and their lives,'' he said.

Both are "very shaken'' and have been placed on administrative leave, he said.

Doering declined to identify them Friday night but said he would in a matter of days when more of the investigation is complete.

His office will continue its own criminal investigation into Small's action, he said, but no charges had been filed Friday night.

The incident began about 11:30 a.m. with a 911 call from a man who had seen a woman who appeared to be heating something in her lap inside a car in front of Embassy Suites hotel at the mall, Doering said.

"He stopped and talked to her. He told the dispatcher she appeared 'spaced out,''' Doering said.

A Glynn County police officer located the woman, noticed her eyes were glazed and asked her to turn off her car's engine.

"She just drove off. He runs back to his car and engages in a pursuit. She's just driving around the mall parking lot at 20 to 25 mph,'' Doering said.

She hit a curb in the mall parking lot, flattening her right front tire and kept going, he said.

After she left the mall parking lot, two Georgia State Patrol troopers took the lead in the chase and, with Glynn County officers, followed as she drove to Waverly Pines, sometimes running off onto the shoulder but never going faster than 35 mph.

With her tires flat, she continued her erratic driving around Waverly Pines streets flattening a couple of mailboxes and driving onto the edges of lawns as state troopers tapped her car with theirs trying to spin her out. They finally succeeded with a state patrol car behind her and a county police car in front blocking her. Officers ordered her out of the car, but she backed into the state patrol car, pulled forward into a Glynn County car and subsequently steered toward a gap where the two officers were standing. That's when they fired, Doering said.

terry.dickson@jacksonville.com (912) 264-0405

gordon.jackson@jacksonville.com (912) 729-3617

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55 F-100
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55 F-100 06/19/10 - 07:45 am
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Life Lesson #1......Attempt

Life Lesson #1......Attempt to elude, and after being stopped, you back your vehicle into a patrol car, and then drive towards LEO'S in attempt to harm the LEO'S ............EXPECT TO BE SHOT AND/OR KILLED. Any questions?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 06/19/10 - 09:40 am
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Seems pretty simple to me 55

Seems pretty simple to me 55 F-100. I venture to guess that 46% of the nation don't get it.

Where did the 46% come from? Well, that's the number of Americans that don't pay federal income tax and (coincidentally) the approval rating for the obamassiah.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/19/10 - 09:51 am
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I have no problem with this

I have no problem with this shooting. It appears entirely justified, plus it luckily didn't result in anyone being killed. She wasn't attempting to drive up in the yard to get around the officers or anything like that. It's obvious because the bullet holes are in the front window, not the side window.

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rmajor 06/19/10 - 10:00 am
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Seems like she was definitely

Seems like she was definitely intoxicated with something. I say kudos to the man near the hotel who was so observant of the happenings inside the car. To think what could have happened, to someone else on the road, if the police were never called.

flipa
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flipa 06/19/10 - 10:22 am
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At sea we harpoon things that

At sea we harpoon things that cannot be stopped any other way. I hate to suggest we start that on land but a harpoon shot into her trunk would allow the chase car to just let off the gas and the eluding car has no choice than to stop. As our society continues to slide into insanity from many bad influences and many people are killed by cars eluding cops this may finally get done after many more people get killed by eluding drivers. My only question is why do we have to wait for a bunch MORE innocent bystanders to die before we start doing what mariners have been doing to stop large things that will not stop for ages? I made this suggestion a while back and the cops have let many people die because it is politically incorrect to use mariner methods that work. Many more people will die because of politics and the cops will shrug their shoulders to the grieving family’s & say. “THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULD DO TO PREVENT THIS” Remember they have been informed of this for years so when they say that, you have caught them in a lie. There IS something that can be done, it does not hurt anyone, just punches a small hole in the trunk but many will die simply because it sounds odd.

wcorowitz
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wcorowitz 06/19/10 - 11:13 am
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Good idea flipa!!

Good idea flipa!!

KatieLou
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KatieLou 06/19/10 - 11:59 am
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Excellent idea, Flipa. Better

Excellent idea, Flipa. Better than spike strips.

speeding
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speeding 06/19/10 - 12:16 pm
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I guess when you have a gun

I guess when you have a gun in your hand you don't have yo move out of the way.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/19/10 - 12:19 pm
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The harpoon part is a good

The harpoon part is a good idea but it should be a Harpoon missile. Run from the cops and die. If it were that simple we would not have many runners. I kind of liked it when we had clear, firm, easily understood rules and that was one of them. Run from the cops and fully expect to be shot.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/19/10 - 02:29 pm
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How is it the harpoon in the

How is it the harpoon in the trunk would work? Not clear on that one. How does it make them let off the gas and the driver have no choice but to stop? Do you mean mount a big harpoon on the front of all police cars with auto shoot buttons and the car drags the cop car? What if it malfunctions and shoots out while doing business in front of the cop car where most of them conduct business? or in a wreck it is ejected and hits and kills someone? I think shoot them before they get a chance to be a menace and kill an innocent person, enough of them shot and the crooks will start to get the picture. Good deterrence, unlike the joke of a system we have now that doesn't punish or deter criminals. Thanks bleeding hearts. You care more about the rights of criminals than innocent people and have made it to where the rewards far outweigh the consequences.

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gaspringwater 06/19/10 - 02:58 pm
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Some dud walked over and

Some dud walked over and talked to a woman. Never mind asking a question about his motives. She looked spaced out in his opinion so he called 911. They came and talked to her. She fled at a death defying 20 to 35 mph, and her tires went flat. Knocked over some mail boxes and officers fearful for their lives shot her.

And the law and order crowd cheer! Way to Go!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/19/10 - 03:05 pm
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Exactly, and the law and

Exactly, and the law and order crowd wouldn't cheer so often if the bleeding hearts would allow for penalties that actually fit the crimes to keep losers off the streets and provide a deterrence for the rest of the losers. You dang right we care more about the kids playing in the yard or checking the mailbox that could have been killed by this crackhead running from the law than we do about the crackhead. Any day of the week!!

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 06/19/10 - 03:54 pm
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TakeAstand - Excuse me and

TakeAstand - Excuse me and maybe you read something INTO the article that I missed. I didn't read where the lady driver was bearing down on kids playing in the yard. And I didn't read anything about her bearing down on a wonderful Repub either. Didn't read anything about her bearing down on a military base.

Calls are made to 911 and officers are dispatched. A female should be among the dispatched officers every time the dispatcher knows a female is involved in the incident. You'd expect female law officers to use better judgment than most male hotdogs.

Female voters should start leaning on politicians about reforming law enforcement agencies and employing more females responders.

flipa
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flipa 06/19/10 - 06:27 pm
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A L.A.W. ( light antitank

A L.A.W. ( light antitank weapon) can be retrofitted to make a harpoon missile so it can be fired out a window of a car as long as the cable is attached to the front tow eye, or commercial harpoons can be mounted on a car. One look at one of those and the bad guys may just leave town BEFORE they have to run from the cops. Either way, bet the lady with the hole in her face would have preferred a hole in her trunk. What do you guys think?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/20/10 - 03:40 pm
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Well unless it happens to be

Well unless it happens to be close by, it would be of no use if it can't get to the chase fast enough on the other side of town. lol Yeah she probably would have rather had a harpoon in the trunk, but at the same time, innocent citizens would have also rather not have a crackhead driving around town stoned out of her gourd.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/20/10 - 03:53 pm
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gaspringwater, I didn't

gaspringwater, I didn't mention anything about bearing down on a repub or military base. And just because the article didn't mention it did not mean kids werent outside and the problem with a chase is you never know at all what could happen or where a person is standing that may be in danger. It didn't mention any people but do you think there was honestly not one person outside during this whole ordeal, she could have hit a house, another car, children. Just because it doesn't mention anyone being a potential victim doesn't mean there weren't any around in danger, its just common sense. Not everytime a drunk driver gets pulled does the article mention who was on the side walk, what birds were singing or how many people were in the cars that passed them that were in danger. We really should just let them go and keep drunk driving if there isnt anyone standing around and if he runs, its ok if its low speed, people probably wont get hurt too bad when he crashes through the front of a building so lets not even chase. It's common sense an intoxicated person or criminal running from the police can put innocent people in danger and can kill one at anytime because of their ignorant choices, and to me, their life does not mean more than an innocent bystanders. They do not care about themselves or anyone else, why should anyone else. All I care about is that a loser is stopped before they hurt an innocent person. that's typical bleeding heart syndrome, "oh the poor criminal, lets be easy, they have rights too, lets give them 50 chances....... later..... oh my God those poor kids that were killed this time.... I'm shocked, my condolences" Too late by that time. More compassion for losers who make their own bed then common sense and protection of innocent people.

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