Deputy shoots at suicidal woman

Businesses evacuated during standoff

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County Sheriff's deputy is on administrative duty after he shot his gun at an armed suicidal woman, according to investigators.

Authorities said around 12:53 p.m. they went up to a woman, later identified as 57-year-old Louanne Reeves, they had been told was suicidal. Reeves was waving a gun and threatening to hurt herself in an convenience store parking lot near Hiawassee Road and Colonial Drive.

The deputy saw the woman had a gun pointed his way, and according to officials, he fired a shot at her fearing for his life. After the bullet hit Reeves near her shoulder she ran into a nearby pub and would not come out.

After almost an hour deputies coaxed Reeves to come out and drop the gun. Emergency workers put her on a stretcher and took her to the hospital, where she is expected to survive.

Deputies said they evacuated several businesses before Reeves was taken into custody and sent to the hospital.

A OCSO spokesman said Reeves could have been upset over a pet she had dropped off at the veterinarian to be put down. No one else was hurt.

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