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Woman shot after hitting 2 officers at traffic stop

POSTED: August 20, 2013 11:21 p.m.

Two Gainesville Police Department officers and an Oakwood woman were injured early Tuesday morning after police say the woman eluded a traffic stop, hit the officers with her car and the officers fired shots at her.

Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, police spokesman, said the officers attempted to stop the white passenger car at Bowman Drive and Skelton Road at about 4:30 a.m.

Sherry Lang, Georgia Bureau of Investigation director of public affairs, identified the woman as Tracey Marie Dean, 42.

“At the time, they were trying to pull her over because her headlights weren’t on, and then she attempted to elude,” Lang said.

Holbrook said Dean struck the officers and two police cars before fleeing after the shots were fired. Authorities did not say why she may have tried to elude police.

Police searched the area, and the woman was found about two hours later less than half a mile from the site of the traffic stop after a resident noticed a suspicious car that matched the description of what police were looking for.

Dean was in the car with serious injuries consistent with gunshot wounds and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Holbrook said. Her condition is unknown; she was not listed at the medical center as of Tuesday evening.

Holbrook described the police officers’ injuries as minor, though he wasn’t sure of the exact nature of the injuries.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is handling the case.

Savannah King contributed to this report.


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