GBI: Woman dead after chase, exchanging shots with officers

- A woman is dead after investigators said she led several law enforcement agencies on a wild chase, ending with the woman opening fire on officers.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which was asked to investigate the incident, said Kimberley R. McCann, 55, of Cedartown, was speeding through a school zone in Cave Spring. A Cave Spring Police officer spotted McCann and tried to pull her over. Floyd County Sheriff’s deputies, Floyd County Police officers, and Georgia State Patrol troopers join the pursuit when the GBI said she refused to stop.

GBI agents said McCann crashed along US 411 near the E. Rome Bypass, striking several vehicles. Investigators then said McCann opened fire on the pursuing officers. Four officers returned fire, according to agents.

McCann was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

Amy Dipenti, the clerk at the gas station where the high-speed chase ended, said the shooting "was like a live version of Live PD right in front of you."

Dipenti said the 55-year-old woman leading police on a chase rolled up near the gas station after her car was spike stripped.

"They tried to coerce the person out," Dipenti said. "She wouldn't get out, so they tried to bust the windows, and there was a shot fired, from the vehicle."

Dipenti said she heard 10 to 15 shots in total, and that she," did get down on the ground because a bullet could've come anywhere around here," Dipenti said.

The GBI identified the four officers involved in the shooting as Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jamie Mitchell, Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Devin Womack, Floyd County Police officers Leonard Whaley and Chris Shelley.

A full report of the GBI’s investigation will be turned over to the Floyd County Judicial Circuit for review once it is completed.

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