Woman fatally shoots herself after arrest

Salisbury police call it an apparent suicide

April 05, 2001|By Amanda J. Crawford and Chris Guy | Amanda J. Crawford and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF

In what police said was an apparent suicide, a 30-year-old Wicomico County woman shot herself with a concealed handgun yesterday after being taken into custody by Salisbury police.

The woman, who was not publicly identified pending notification of her family, died around 9 p.m. at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, police said.

She had a concealed, small-caliber handgun when she was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for an undisclosed offense.

As Detective Jason Dykes walked around to the passenger side of his vehicle in an enclosed garage to escort the woman into the police station, she fired two shots. At least one bullet struck her in the head, said Lt. Gene Powell. No one else was injured in the incident just before 1 p.m.

Last night, it was unclear where the woman fired the other shot, Powell said. "I don't know whether she tried to shoot at [Dykes] or she missed in the suicide attempt with the first shot," he said.

The woman, whom Powell described as small, was handcuffed when she was arrested, but it is unclear whether she had managed to free herself. Powell said she was searched before she was transported to the station, but because of her gender, the search might have been limited.

Video cameras at the station captured the incident, and the tapes were reviewed yesterday by the police and county prosecutor's office. The incident will be investigated.

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