Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 31, 2013

Woman dead after shooting at police

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County woman is dead after a string of events including shots being fired at Crossville Police officers, an armed home invasion and auto theft and high-speed pursuit. No one else was hurt in the incident now being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The dead woman is identified as Angela Darlene Smith, 37, Fredonia Rd. Smith has a record of arrests ranging from burglary, forgery, theft and resisting arrest to drug offenses in Cumberland and Fentress counties.

Three police agencies involved in the pursuit had patrol car dash cameras filming during the event, and at least one citizen witnessed police trying to get the woman to put her gun down before firing shots at the officers in a city subdivision.

The chronology of what happened has not been made available because of the multiple agencies involved in the investigation.

What is known is that the E-911 Center dispatched Crossville Police to the area of Camelot subdivision around 10 p.m. after receiving a telephone call from Smith's mother who reported her daughter had jumped out of the mother's car and fled on foot. The mother added that she believed her daughter was on drugs.

Another call was received around 2:02 a.m., this time reporting a prowler running from a carport on Guinevere Lane in Camelot subdivision. Ivanho Lane resident Carolyn Rose told Knoxville's WBIR-TV 10News what she heard next.

"The police were saying 'Don't do it, don't do it. Stop, stop. Put your gun down.' It went pow, pow." Rose told the television station, "She shot twice at the cops on my property, once here at the carport and once behind the house."

After shooting at city police, Smith reportedly ran to a residence two doors away from Rose's home and stole the keys to a car at gunpoint. She drove the vehicle off the victim's carport, through their back yard and their side fence and down the street, a TBI press release states.

The man, woman and their young son, who were in the house when Smith burst in the door displaying a handgun, were not hurt.

City police officers gave chase and were soon joined by sheriff's deputies and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The pursuit traveled city streets to Hwy. 70 W with Smith driving the stolen vehicle at a high rate of speed some nine miles where the pursuit ended at the intersection of Browntown Rd.

It is not known if Smith lost control of the vehicle or missed a right turn that would have taken her into Pleasant Hill. A city police car blocked her escape and reportedly Smith attempted to back out of the ditch, striking the front of the squad car.

Smith then exited the vehicle and, according to the TBI press release, pointed a gun at the officers and was shot by a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy. That deputy, who the TBI has not identified, has been put on administrative leave with pay pending outcome of the TBI probe.

TBI agents converged on the scene to take over the investigation and were joined by members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Critical Incident Response Team, who were charged with reconstructing the crash that ended the chase, and to do high-tech mapping of the shooting scene.

Crossville Police are also investigating the burglary of a vehicle on Ivanhoe Lane in that same time period during which six pocket knives were stolen. A cell phone that does not belong to the victim was found in the vehicle.

The TBI's case file will be turned over to the District Attorney General Randy York for review.

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