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Suspect Shot After Theft, Stealing Sheriff's Office Patrol Car

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Victoria Rose Gaw, age 19 (Courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office) Victoria Rose Gaw, age 19 (Courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Shawn Walker, age 26 (Courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office) Michael Shawn Walker, age 26 (Courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – A female burglary suspect was shot by a Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy after she stole a patrol vehicle and led them in a high-speed chase. She was shot after official said she tried to run over two deputies.

Officials said 19-year-old Victoria Gaw and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Michael Walker, broke into two houses in the Claysville area west of Crossville and stole a vehicle Wednesday.

Deputies were able to take Walker into custody after he drove from behind one of the homes. As they were making the arrest they saw a pickup speeding away from the house next door. The pickup was driven by Gaw.

They pulled Gaw over, took her into custody and placed her into the back of one of their patrol vehicles.

Chief Investigator Casey Cox said Gaw was able to get out of her handcuffs and climb through a sliding window leading to the driver's seat. Cox said she took control of the vehicle and fled the scene, leading deputies on a high speed chase.

According to a press release issued by the Sheriff's Office, the pursuit ended on Taylors Chapel Road when Gas tried to run over two deputies.

One of the deputies fired through the vehicle and shot Gaw. She was transported by Air Evac medical helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

The nature of her injuries was not available, but officials said she was listed in stable condition.

Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

Gaw was charged with two counts of attempted murder, reckless endangerment and theft over $10,000. Officials said they also planned to charge her with aggravated burglary and additional theft charges.

Walker was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property. He was also wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

The deputy involved in the shooting was placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the TBI investigation. 

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