A woman who was threatening suicide was shot by Georgetown officers Monday after she pointed a gun at them, according to police.
Officers were called at 6:45 a.m. to a house on Meadowcrest Drive in the Sutton Place subdivision about an armed woman threatening suicide inside a vehicle, according to the Georgetown Police Department.
The woman pointed the gun at officers who were trying to negotiate with her, and the officers “fired rounds to stop the threat,” police said in a news release. The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital. An officer also was taken to the hospital with injuries from a fall.
“I could hear them saying put the gun down, put the gun down and yelling several times. ... You could just feel that something was about to happen. All of a sudden we hear four shots rang out and people start screaming,” witness Marlin McKay told WKYT Monday.
Officers had been called to the house 13 times in the past six months, mostly for disturbance calls, Police Chief Mike Bosse said.
Before Monday’s shooting, officers tried to help the woman living in the house Sunday night by taking her to a medical facility for evaluation, Bosse said. She was released from there sometime before officers were called to her house Monday.
While officers were trying to assist the woman Monday, they had to make “some critical decisions” once a weapon was pointed in their direction, Bosse said.
“That is always a consideration in these kinds of scenarios, no matter title you give it, if a person points a loaded weapon at you, the only way to know if they’re going to shoot you is to wait and see if they’re going shoot you,” Bosse said.
A loaded gun was found in the car, according to WKYT.
The officer injured in the fall suffered minor injuries and has been put on light duty, Bosse said. He did not have an update Monday afternoon on the woman’s condition.
A “joint shooting team” made up of multiple agencies is investigating the shooting, according to the Georgetown news release.