UPDATE: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the woman, who shot and injured a Calhoun, Georgia police officer.

According to a release, 27-year-old Tameka LaShay Simpson of Columbus, Georgia fired shots striking Officer Joe Yother during a suspicious vehicle call.

Officer Jeremy Thompson and Officer Yother returned fire, killing Simpson.

The female driver, who has not been identified, is in custody on unrelated charges.

An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur, Georgia.

The GBI is conducting an independent investigation and will turn the case over to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit for review.


PREVIOUS STORY: A woman is dead and a veteran police officer is recovering after a shootout Tuesday night in Calhoun, Georgia.

"When I came in it was hectic," said store clerk Cheressa Kaini. "For this to happen right here, in a small town, it's just really shocking and kind of frightful, ya know?"

Investigators said around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon, Calhoun Police Officer Joe Yother helped a woman pay for cigarettes inside a BP convenience store, because she was short some change and he was standing in line behind her.

When Officer Yother walked to the parking lot, police said he smelled what he thought was marijuana coming from a car the woman was driving.

He called in a suspicious vehicle and Officer Jeremy Thompson came as backup.

Officer Yother asked the passenger in the car for an ID, but she refused to show him one.

"The female refuses to provide ID but instead pulls out a firearm and begins firing shots at Officer Yother,” said GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles. “Both officers returnd fire."

The woman, who has not been identified, was killed.


Officer Yother was, perhaps, saved by his cell phone. A bullet grazed his arm and ricocheted off the device instead of entering his chest. He was taken to the hospital and is recovering. He’s expected to be okay.

Yother is a 25-year veteran on the police force.

Kaini said she's happy the men in uniform are okay.

"I'm glad things didn't go that way and it was not a fatal injury,” Kaini said. “But, it's scary for him or anybody to put their life on the line. That job's very dangerous."

The GBI is handling the investigation of this incident. 

Miles said this is the 88th officer-involved shooting the GBI has assisted with this year.

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PREVIOUS STORY: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called to an officer-involved shooting in Gordon County Tuesday evening.

WXIA, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, reports an officer has been shot and a suspect has been killed in the incident.

Police say one of the suspects was killed when an officer returned fire. The GBI says the suspect is a female.

The officer's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles says the shooting happened in the city of Calhoun and agents are en route to scene to assist with the investigation.

Details of what led to the shooting are under investigation.

No names have been released at this time.

Channel 3 is working to learn more.

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