Sharon McDowell shot by police after chase, trying to run them over with car.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Police: Woman rammed officers' car, officers fired in return.

Authorities said a woman was killed following a police chase that ended with gunfire in Anderson on Friday.
Anderson City Police said officers responded to a call about a shoplifter at the Kohl’s on Clemson Boulevard.

The coroner stated that a passenger hopped out of the suspect car during a traffic stop, and the driver, Sharon McDowell, 49, of Anderson, fled, leading police on a chase to Appleton Street, where she turned into a dirt drive.

The driver put the car in reverse and started ramming into the officers’ car.

A couple of officers got out of their cars, and officers said McDowell tried to run them over and officers opened fire.

McDowell was killed.

The passenger who left the car was taken into custody.

SLED is now investigating what happened. Meantime, the two officers involved are on administrative leave.

An autopsy is set for Sunday.

People Involved: 
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