A convicted felon arrested in the shooting of a Virginia State Trooper says she opened fire on the lawman because she didn’t want to go to jail.
Senior Trooper C.A. Putnam was wounded Tuesday night by 23-year-old Karisa Daniels, after Daniels led the officer on a chase.
According to Daniels, she initially slowed down when pulled over, but sped away due to the fact that she was a convicted felon on a suspended license- who was under the influence and in possession of a firearm.
“I was under the influence and I was extremely high,” Daniels said. “All I did was shoot him in the freaking arm.”
“As soon as he got out of the car I took off,” she told WRIC. “And I left from where he was at and then next thing I know he’s right behind me again.”
The chase that eventually led to a dead-end road. When Daniels tried to escape, the trooper used his vehicle to disable her car.
“The next thing I know, I heard, ‘put your hands up, put your hands up where I can see them,’ and then I heard pop and I’m like ok, so he’s going to shoot me if I run, so I turned around and I shot him,” said Daniels.
Both authorities and neighbors assert, however, that Putnam never fired a shot.
Daniels attempted to hide but was discovered by a Henrico County Deputy, who took her into custody.
“I turned around and I shot him and that is the worst mistake I’ve ever made in my life,” she said. “I can’t believe I did something like that, but I can’t take it back.”
Daniels is now charged with the attempted capital murder of a police officer and using a gun to commit a felony.
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