A pregnant woman who tried to run over a South Carolina officer while in the midst of a traffic stop in Woodruff, S.C., was fatally shot by the officer, police said.
According to a report released to The Huffington Post by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office on behalf of the Woodruff Police Department, Officer William Knight made a traffic stop on a car on Jamies Creek Drive in Woodruff Thursday afternoon.
During the stop, 33-year-old Matthew Simmons jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. When Knight gave chase on foot, 28-year-old Lacey Denise Lamb, a passenger in Simmons' vehicle, slid behind the wheel, turned the vehicle toward Knight and hit the gas, police said.
"While chasing Simmons, the female passenger tried to assault the officer with the suspect vehicle," the police report states.
Knight fired his service revolver at the pregnant woman and immediately afterward the vehicle crashed into a nearby mobile home, police said.
"[Lamb] went straight towards him," witness Alisa Thomas said, according to WSPA. "I knew she was, I mean, like she was going to run over him. So when he fired, he apparently hit her in the head, she lost consciousness and I saw the car just go straight, drive through the underpinning under the trailer."
Lamb was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after the shooting. She was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. According to the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office, Lamb was 21 weeks pregnant and her unborn baby died.
Police say they recovered a firearm and approximately 23 grams of methamphetamine from the suspects' vehicle.
Simmons was arrested and jailed for driving under suspension, third or subsequent offense; first offense trafficking in methamphetamine, 10 grams or more but less than 28 grams; and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Knight was not injured during the incident. According to the Woodruff Police Department, Knight has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division.
LACEY LAMB SHOOTING POLICE REPORT:
Lacey Denise Lamb