GRADY COUNTY, OK– A 36-year-old woman is facing felony charges after she reportedly used a deputy’s gun to shoot him and a bystander from inside of a police vehicle.
The incident was reported on Friday near County Road 2960 and Quail Haven Road.
The Grady County Sheriff’s department says that they received a call around 11:30 a.m. to conduct a welfare check on a woman who was “acting very strangely.”
Authorities arrived to the area and determined that the woman, Rachael Zion Clay, was acting strangely. She was placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a patrol vehicle for her own safety.
“At some point, the woman was able to slip out of the handcuffs, get to a firearm, and began to fire rounds at everybody in the area,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Foster.
A deputy was shot in the head, while a bystander was shot in the chest.
The deputy was able to call for backup, while Clay barricaded herself inside a patrol officer’s vehicle.
After an hours-long standoff, Clay realized that she could not drive off in the deputy’s vehicle and eventually surrendered.
“She gave up of her own volition and was taken into custody with no use of force,” Foster said. “The situation is secure and everyone is safe.”
It was later determined that Clay was high on meth.
Clay is facing three felony counts of shooting with the intent to kill.
Both the deputy and the bystander were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.