Police: 19-year-old woman charged in connection with shots fired at officers

Source: Live 5
Source: Live 5

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 19-year-old woman is behind bars after police say she fired a gun at officers during a traffic stop.

Brianna Sampson, 19, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a violent crime.

Just after 11:30 a.m., the officers were in a parking lot on Ashley River Road when a vehicle slowly passed them. Officers said they could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The officers attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the 1800 block of Carriage Lane. The vehicle fled the scene and almost struck a pedestrian, Francis said. The officers followed the vehicle into the Palmilla Apartments on Ashley River Road.

Once officers and the vehicle stopped at the apartment complex, Sampson fired several shots at the officers, Francis said. The driver of the vehicle, the front passenger and the rear passenger bailed out of the vehicle.

The officers were able to apprehend the passengers but are still searching for the driver. Charges against the passengers are pending.

Police recovered a handgun from inside the vehicle.

The officers did not fire any shots during the incident and were not injured, Francis said.

"Once again, we see the risks our police officers face each and every day, as they go about the job of keeping our city safe. On behalf of all our citizens, I commend these officers for their bravery and professionalism, and I thank them for their service." Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said.

Sampson appeared in court Sunday morning where bond was set for three separate charges. A $200,000 bond was issued for the two counts of attempted murder.

Additionally, a $75,000 bond was issued for the possession of a firearm while in the commission of a violent crime charge and a $15,000 bond for the unlawful possession of a firearm charge.

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