Fayetteville, NC – A Fayetteville police officer came under fire as he was working on Nov. 24.
The incident began at 11:22 p.m., when the officer spotted a 2006 Chevrolet Impala as it blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Fieldcrest Drive and Dashland Drive, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
When the officer pulled in behind the Impala, the driver opened fire on him before he even attempted to stop her, WNCN reported.
“As soon as he saw that she was firing shots, he initiated his emergency equipment and she began to flee,” Fayetteville Police Sergeant Jeremy Glass told WRAL.
The shooter, later identified as 26-year-old Desiree Breshay Smith, sped away from the scene, but was apprehended by the same officer a short while later after her vehicle broke down, according to WRAL.
When Smith stepped out of her vehicle, three shell casings fell from her lap onto the ground. The handgun she fired at the officer was also recovered at the scene.
Investigators said the weapon had been reported as stolen.
The officer’s patrol vehicle was not hit by any of the suspect’s bullets, and the officer did not return fire during the attack, according to WRAL.
Sgt. Glass said that Smith did not have any outstanding warrants at the time of the shooting, and that her motive for opening fire on the officer was unknown.
She was not cooperative with investigators, he added.
Smith was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, flee to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, and failure to stop at a stop sign.
She was initially booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $25,000 secured bond, WNCN reported.
During her court hearing on Nov. 25, Smith claimed that she was a student with a stable job, and denied having prior run-ins with law enforcement, according to WTVD.
“I’ve never been in trouble before – never ever,” she told the judge, according to WRAL. “I’m not guilty of anything they’re saying. I work. I go to school.”
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office disputed her claims, and Judge Stephen Stokes jacked her bond up to $100,000, WTVD reported.
Smith’s next court appearance has been scheduled for Dec. 12.