A City of Charleston police officer shot a 26-year-old woman at a busy Charleston intersection Wednesday, after the woman tried to flee.
A North Charleston woman was leaving a department store in Charleston when a police officer identified her as the same woman that was considered wanted in several counties. The officer, Jeffrey Soniak, who was in plain clothing, followed the woman, signaling her to stop. Then, she rammed several cars at a busy intersection, and tried to run Soniak over with her Chevy SUV. City of Charleston Public Information Officer Charles Francis told WCSC in Charleston the officer, Corporal Jeffrey Soniak, saw her coming.
“He kept saying, “stop!” and she wouldn’t, he tried to get out of the way, and she still came after him,” says Francis.
Francis says once the woman continued to ignore Soniak’s calls to stop, he fired the shots.
The State Law Enforcement Division has identified the woman as 26-year-old Jacquelyn Stewart. SLED is still investigating the incident, and spokesperson Jennifer Timmons says charges have not yet been filed, but are expected to be. Stewart has been arrested several times in the past for larceny, writing fraudulent checks, and financial identity fraud.
Stewart was taken to the MUSC hospital where her condition was not life-threatening.