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Police say shots fired during Scott County pursuit; three women arrested

Staff report • Dec 6, 2017 at 10:30 PM

GATE CITY — Three women from Sullivan County were jailed following a pursuit in Southwest Virginia, where officers were allegedly fired upon before the suspects crashed and two ran from the scene. 

According to a press release from the Virginia State Police, the incident began Tuesday shortly before 11 p.m. A Gate City police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 2012 Honda Accord on Route 665.

A reason for the stop attempt was not provided by the VSP, but the car is alleged to have sped out of town and into Scott County.

"During the course of the pursuit, the occupants of the Honda fired multiple shots at the Gate City police officer’s vehicle," said VSP Public Relations Director Corinne Geller. "The driver of the Honda then lost control and crashed the vehicle along Spivey Mill Lane."

One of the Honda's occupants, Elisabeth G. Lloyd, 26, was taken into custody at the scene.

The other two suspects, Autumn L. Gillis, 28, and Lauren D. Venable, 24, reportedly fled on foot. Following a search, they were apprehended Wednesday morning by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

At the request of the Gate City police chief, the VSP investigated the incident. It was determined that no shots were fired by the pursuing officer or an auxiliary officer who was riding with him. Neither of the officers was injured.

Gillis was charged with one felony count of eluding law enforcement, one count of obstruction/resisting law enforcement and reckless use of a firearm. Lloyd was charged with attempting to elude law enforcement. Venable was charged with one felony count of eluding law enforcement.

An investigation is continuing.

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