Atlanta Woman Fatally Shot By Police While Detained In Back Of Squad Car


ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities have 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.

Major Darin Schierbaum said Thursday that two officers took her into custody when they saw her sitting in a stolen car in a parking deck.

He said the woman fired at the officers from the back of the patrol car. Schierbaum said the officers returned fire, critically wounding her. She died at a hospital.

Schierbaum said it’s unclear how the woman had a gun in the patrol car. Police are investigating whether she had been handcuffed.

Department spokesman Greg Lyon said the two officers weren’t injured.

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