BLACK ATLANTA WOMAN SHOT BY POLICE (while in the backseat of a squad car)

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ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities on Friday released the name of a woman who was fatally shot when officers say she fired at them from the back of a patrol car in downtown Atlanta.

The Fulton County medical examiner’s office on Friday identified the woman as 25-year-old Alexia Christian. Information on her hometown was not immediately available.

Two officers were investigating a call about a stolen car Thursday afternoon when they saw a woman sitting inside the vehicle in a parking deck, Major Darin Schierbaum said.BBiZJZ4.img


They took the woman into custody and put her in a patrol car. At one point, she fired at least two shots at the officers, he said. The officers returned fire, critically wounding her, and she later died at a hospital, he said.

Schierbaum said it’s unclear how the woman was able to fire a gun while in the patrol car and that police are investigating whether she had been handcuffed. Her identity wasn’t released. The two officers weren’t injured and both are on administrative leave while the investigation continues, department spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said.

Police are looking for surveillance footage from the surrounding area, Schierbaum said. The shooting happened outside a downtown Atlanta precinct.

Both officers are black, as was the woman, Lyon said.
© Provided by Associated Press Police say officers fatally shot a woman who first fired at them while sitting in the back of a patrol car in Atlanta. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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