Teen burglary suspect shot by Cumberland County deputy

Teen burglary suspect shot by Cumberland County deputy after stealing patrol car

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Michael Swan Walker (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Department) Michael Swan Walker (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Department)
Victoria Rose Gaw (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Department) Victoria Rose Gaw (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Department)

CLAYSVILLE (WATE) - A 19-year-old Cumberland County woman was shot by sheriff's deputies Wednesday after escaping custody and fleeing in a deputy's patrol car.

Victoria Rose Gaw had escaped handcuffs and then stole the patrol vehicle in which she was detained after a suspected home invasion.

The incident started when Cumberland County sheriff's deputies were called to investigate a burglary at a home in the Claysville area.

During the investigation a suspect, Michael Shawn Walker, 26, was arrested.

Officers noticed a Toyota pickup speeding away from the residence next door and pursued it.

After stopping the vehicle they detained Gaw.

As she was being held in the vehicle, Gaw managed to remove her handcuffs, climb through the vehicle's sliding window. She then drove off in the patrol car.

Officers pursued Gaw and caught up with her at Taylors Chapel Road, where Gaw allegedly attempted to run over two Cumberland County deputies.

One deputy fire his weapon, striking Gaw and ending the ordeal.

Gaw was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Air Evac. She was later released.

Walker is being charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property and outstanding arrest warrants.

Gaw faces two counts of attempted 2nd degree murder, felony reckless endangerment and theft over $10,000. She also faces aggravated burglary and theft charges.

The officer involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave while the TBI conducts a full investigation.

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