FHP Exchanges Gunfire With Armed Female in Escambia County Standoff

Posted on March 24, 2021 by Staff reports

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that around 6 p.m. Tuesday a trooper was investigating a crash in the area of Chemstrand Road and Ten Mile Road when he was approached by a 43-year-old female, who voiced concern that she was possibly overdosing on drugs.

Per FHP, the trooper directed his attention to the woman’s wellbeing and safety by requesting Emergency Medical Services respond as she began to walk out of his sight.

When the trooper approached what appeared to be an unoccupied silver Chevrolet truck, the female sat up and presented a rifle, pointing it in the direction of the trooper.

An exchange of gunfire began, and two more troopers and two Escambia County Deputies arrived on scene. At least one other trooper became engaged in the gunfire.

“Fortunately, no one was injured during the gunfire and law enforcement officers were able to secure the weapon prior to taking the subject into custody,” said FHP Spokesman Lt. Jason King.

With Escambia County EMS on standby near the scene, the female was able to quickly be transported to Baptist Hospital, under the custody and supervision of the Florida Highway Patrol, where she will be medically evaluated prior to any arrest made or charges placed against her.

This is an active investigation, being conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence (BCII), all information is considered preliminary at this time, pending the conclusion of the investigation.