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A woman who was fatally shot by a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy last month reportedly said "this is about to be suicide by cop" before ramming her car into a cruiser and attempting to run over a deputy.
The shooting happened along Grace Avenue when deputies were responding to a call about a person driving erratically. Witnesses also told police they believed 55-year-old Ingrid Mayer was attempting to buy drugs in the area.
According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Luke Bundrum and Deputy Shane Black found Mayer's vehicle stopped in a driveway nearby. They did a traffic stop and a third deputy, Glenn Reams, arrived shortly afterwards.
Mayer told deputies that her license was suspended and appeared to be under the influence.
She they reportedly told Deputy Black, who is in a field training program, "this is about to be suicide by cop" as she slammed the car in reverse.
Officials says Deputy Black was temporarily trapped in the open door frame of Mayer's car and struck by the door before he was able to push away from her car. Mayer then continued in reverse ramming Deputy Bundrum's patrol vehicle while he was still in it, according to investigators.
After ramming the vehicle, Mayer sped forward and quickly turned her vehicle around in the yard and took aim at Deputy Reams.
That's when officials say Deputy Reams pulled out his gun and attempted to get out of the way. He then fired two shots as he was running out of the path of the car.
"Fortunately Deputy Reams narrowly missed being struck by the vehicle," officials told WBTV.
Mayer crashed into a ditch and all three deputies then rushed to her aid and attempted save her life. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
Sheriff Barry Faile said all three were placed on leave while the State Law Enforcement Division investigated the shooting.
Faile says the shooting appears justified.
"First and foremost my thoughts are with all of those who were involved or affected by this incident including the family of Ms. Mayer. I am extremely thankful that our officers were able to survive this incident without injury," Sheriff Faile said.
"It is unfortunate that Ms. Mayer chose to commit these acts forcing Deputy Reams to defend himself with deadly force. He and the other officers on scene were faced with a deadly situation where a suicidal suspect was attempting to harm them and herself."
Deputy Bundrum and Deputy Black have resumed their normal duties. Deputy Reams has returned to work in a non-enforcement administrative capacity. He will remain in that capacity until SLED publishes the results of their investigation.