Trooper shot following high-speed chase; woman charged with attempted murder
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia State Police trooper is in the hospital after he was shot by a woman at the end of a police pursuit in Henrico's West End late Tuesday.
The suspect, 23-year-old Karisa Shyanne Daniels of Durham, N.C., is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police say more charges are pending.
State Police officials say Senior Trooper C.A. Putnam initiated a traffic stop on Chippenham Parkway for speeding around 11:30 p.m. The car initially pulled over, but as Putnam approached the car, the driver sped off.
"As soon as he [Trooper Putnam] gets out and starts charging towards my vehicle, I don't know what happened, I just panicked," said Daniels.
Daniels told NBC12 that she was in town to sell her car after it previously broke down in the area. The convicted felon says she knew she was going to jail when she was pulled over because she had a gun on her, as well as some marijuana and a suspended license.
"I just took off," she said.
The pursuit led to Parham Road and ended on September Drive and Lakeway Court in Henrico.
According to police, Daniels came across a cul-de-sac and tried to turn around, but the trooper pulled his car in front to stop her.
"I already felt threatened at that time, before I even got out of my vehicle," she said. "This unmarked car kept hitting me head-on, like, it's so unprofessional, I believe, for an officer to have to do that."
Daniels claims the trooper shot at her when she got out of the car, but officials say the trooper didn't discharge his weapon at any time.
"Right then and there I made the dumbest mistake of my life - to pull out my gun and shoot him," said Daniels.
Virginia State Police say Daniels fired several rounds, hitting Trooper Putnam in the arm before taking off on foot.
"I thought very, very, very, very well that he would have killed me if I would have just turned around and tried to run," said Daniels.
Daniels kept running after shooting, at one point entering a nearby home. She was finally caught around midnight.
She says although she felt threatened at the time, she is still regretful.
"If I had the chance to do it all over again, I probably, most definitely, would do it a different way," said Daniels.
A Henrico officer provided aid to the trooper before EMS arrived. Putnam was taken to VCU Medical Center and is expected to be OK.
It's unknown when Daniels will face a judge for the first time.
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