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Police in southern Utah shot and wounded a woman in Hurricane on Monday after she allegedly stole a police car from outside a jail and led officers on a high-speed chase. In a news release, the Washington County Sheriff's Office says the woman, who had been arrested for an unrelated offense, pulled a weapon on an officer as she was being removed from a police car at the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane.
The woman then took a police vehicle and led officers from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase, the release states. The driver went east through Hurricane, then north through the cities of LaVerkin and Toquerville, before heading south on Interstate 15 and exiting the freeway at State Road 9 back toward Hurricane, a dispatcher said.
The chase ended at a Hurricane gas station after the woman drove over spikes police had laid out in the road.
Following the chase, a standoff ensued between the woman and police. That ended when one deputy fired his gun and struck the woman, the release states.
Police have not released the woman's name, and her medical condition was unknown.
The incident remains under investigation.