Police: Woman pulls gun in police car, starts firing
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GRASS VALLEY, Ore. - A handcuffed woman in the back of a police car pulled out a .40 caliber handgun and started firing shots Wednesday night, holding police at a distance for more than 4 hours before surrendering.
The standoff closed Highway 97 both north and south in northcentral Oregon.
The incident started just before 8 p.m. Wednesday when a Sherman County, Ore., sheriff's deputy stopped a blue 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier two door sedan for a traffic violation.
The car was being driven by Leonardo Rodriguez, 54, of Yakima, Wash. Candice Sahme, 24, and Nathan Smith, 21, both of Yakima, Wash., were passengers in the car.
During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy became suspicious that Sahme may have been involved in criminal activity. He detained Sahme by placing her in handcuffs while he continued his investigation. The deputy then put Sahme in the rear seat of his Ford Crown Victoria police car and called for assistance.
While the deputy called for backup, police said Sahme produced a .40 cal handgun, which had been hidden on her person, and fired multiple shots from the back seat of the police car.
The deputy, who was not hit by any of the shots, was able to retreat from the immediate area while he awaited assistance. Neither he nor his drug detection canine, which was locked in a dog cage in the rear of the police car, were injured.
Police said Smith exited the Chevrolet Cavalier and unsuccessfully attempted to free Sahme from the back seat of the police car.
A short time later, backup officers arrived on scene to assist. Smith and Rodriguez were both taken into custody, but Sahme remained holed up in the back of the car.
Officers from several law enforcement agencies including the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, the Sherman County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police responded to the scene.
Highway 97 was closed to both northbound and southbound traffic while the scene was secured. The Oregon State Police SWAT team was activated and responded to the scene.
At 2:15 a.m., Sahme surrendered to members of the SWAT team and was taken into custody. Sahme was transported to the jail in The Dalles, Ore., where she was charged with First Degree Criminal Mischief, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Attempted Second Degree Escape, Recklessly Endangering, Menacing with a firearm and Theft first degree.
Smith was also jailed on charges of Felon in Possession of a Weapon and Theft First Degree.
Rodriguez was not charged with a crime and was later released.