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Woman charged with aggravated assault after incident with deputy

A Cleveland woman faces charges of aggravated assault and attempted burglary after she allegedly ran over the boot of a Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who then shot at her vehicle, according to authorities.

Valery Michelle Barron, 33,  was charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit burglary, criminal trespass and other counts following an incident Friday, March 15 in Dahlonega.

Deputies were called to 155 Pecks Mill Creek Road in Dahlonega just after 7 p.m. Friday in response to a residential alarm, according to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

When they arrived, they found Barron “in the process of burglarizing the residence,” according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. No one else was on scene with her, according to GBI assistant special agent in charge Mike Walsingham.

Deputies attempted to arrest Barron, but she resisted and got back into the truck she drove to the residence, according to the sheriff’s office.

As she attempted to flee in the truck, she allegedly ran over the deputy’s boot.

Walsingham said the deputy fired his gun three times during the incident, but did not hit the vehicle.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach said the deputy was doing well.

“He went to the doctor today to get his foot checked out, but said he thinks it is fine,” Roach wrote in an email.

Barron got away but was later found and arrested at her residence, just before 11 p.m., with help from the White County Sheriff’s Office.

Both Barron and the deputy were not injured.

The GBI is investigating the incident, and that information will be turned over to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

Staff writer Layne Saliba contributed to this report.