Crime

Taser used on woman firing at Baldwin County deputies

A 44-year-old southwest Baldwin County woman faces multiple charges after firing several rounds during a two-hour standoff Wednesday with deputies.

Judy Gibson is undergoing evaluation at Central State Hospital after she called 911 at 2:30 p.m. and said authorities had an hour to get to her home or “she would have to do what she had to do,” said Baldwin County sheriff’s Capt. Brad King.When deputies arrived, they set up a perimeter around her mobile home at 139 Salem Church Road as she continually fired a rifle and went back inside to reload and phone 911, King said.

Gibson threatened to shoot everybody in her driveway and fired a shot that hit a deputy’s patrol car before she dared officers to shoot her and then retreated, King said.

“More or less it was a classic ‘suicide by cop’ or that was what her intention was,” he said. “We found she had boxes of bullets inside.”

A deputy persuaded her to meet him in the driveway without her rifle and he was able to use a Taser to take her into custody, King said.

A school bus was diverted during the ordeal to keep children away from the scene, he said.

Gibson is expected to face charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and reckless conduct.

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