Woman wanted after reportedly firing at deputies in Cleveland County

Woman wanted after reportedly firing at deputies in Cleveland County
Brianne Smith (Cleveland County Sheriff's Office)
Brianne Smith (Cleveland County Sheriff's Office)

CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Law enforcement officials are looking for a woman they say shot at Cleveland County deputies during an alleged drug arrest Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began when narcotics investigators went to a home on the 1100 block of College Avenue for a drug complaint. While the deputies were walking up to the house, a car pulled up.

In that car, officials said, was Travis Lamar McKinney - the suspect in the drug complaint - and 25-year-old Brianne Smith of Orangeburg County, SC.

Deputies say McKinney got out of the vehicle with a gun behind his back and began verbally assaulting them. While the deputies were trying to subdue McKinney, a shot was fired from the vehicle and Smith drove away quickly.

McKinney was eventually hit with a stun gun and taken into custody. He is being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault on a government employee, and several other outstanding warrants for unrelated misdemeanor charges.

Officials are still looking for Smith. When she's caught, she will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer with intent to kill.

Anyone with information about Smith's whereabouts should call the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.

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