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Woman points gun at police, avoids jail
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A woman who held a gun on deputies last year will escape with no record of the crime as she has been afforded a pre-trial diversion on felony assault and reckless endangerment charges.
The woman, Wanda Gail Campbell, 55, was granted a two-year pre-trial diversion by the special prosecutor’s office after she applied for the legal option that will erase the record of her arrest forever, provided she gets into no trouble with the law during her diversionary time.
A pre-trial diversion differs from a judicial diversion in that Campbell did not have to enter a guilty plea. As part of the diversion, she surrendered a 380 handgun to the sheriff’s department.
Campbell was arrested after lawmen responded to her home on Grove Road near Viola. Neighbors reported Campbell had slit her wrists and had made threats she would kill anyone who came near her home.
Sheriff’s investigator Kelly Carter said when he responded to the location, he called Campbell who renewed her threat, noting she had a gun.
“She said she would take us out,” Carter testified during hearing Tuesday. “She said she had a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it.”
Carter said the woman appeared to be suicidal.
“She said to leave her alone and let her die,” Carter testified, noting officers hoped to get her help.
However, as officers approached the residence from two sides, the woman came out on her porch and into the front yard holding the gun, daring them to “come get me” as she held the weapon. At one point, Carter recalled she started walking toward a point in her yard where his fellow officers had taken cover.
He could hear a confrontation between her and the officers – with lawmen ordering her to drop her weapon. Carter estimated the only thing that stopped gunfire may have been the fact he was in the cross-fire as he began running up behind her.
Campbell was hit with a taser to end the stand-off.