Woman shoots self in armed standoff with Jackson Police

JACKSON, Tenn. — A woman remains in the hospital with serious injuries after officers said she shot herself during an armed stand-off with police in North Jackson.

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 8.17.42 PMOfficer said it started in Medina where police said the woman left her husband at the Medina Medical Center upset and suicidal. Investigators said they then pinged her phone, leading officers to find her in north Jackson.

“The individual fled in their vehicle,” Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser said. “The officers made contact with the vehicle again just down the road.”

That is when things took a turn. Officers said the woman pulled out a gun and pointed it at police.

“There’s some preliminary indication that the person in the vehicle was yelling to have them shoot her in a case of suicide by cop,” Chief Wiser said.

Officers took cover and held back, but the woman eventually turned the gun on herself.

“Officers here used great restraint,” Wiser said. “They didn’t fire their weapons and they attempted to talk her down.”

Although this incident took a tragic turn, Jackson Police said it was handled well.

“We very easily could have been out here working an officer-involved shooting,” Wiser said. “Based off the set of facts that were produced here this morning.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 9.14.34 PMThe woman’s name has not yet been released by police. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News was told she was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries but an update on her condition has not been released.

Jackson Police Chief Julian Wiser said he is unsure if any of the officers involved in this incident were wearing body cameras at the time. The department is currently testing some models on a handful of officers.

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