A distraught and suicidal woman went to two different shops in St. Albans trying to buy a gun, before leading police on a chase that ended with her refusing to leave her car and police having to use a Taser to subdue her.
The woman, whose name was not released because of the mental health nature of the incident, was taken to Thomas Hospital for mental evaluation, according to Capt. James Agee of the St. Albans Police.
She is 53 years old and from Putnam County.
On Saturday afternoon the woman went to Dean's Pawn Shop in St. Albans and tried to buy a handgun, telling employees that she was going to kill herself.
When employees refused to sell her a gun, she tried to climb over the counter to get a gun. Employees forcibly removed her from the store and called 911, Agee said.
The woman drove away before officers arrived, but officers thought she may be headed to another local gun store.
An officer was sent to St. Albans Gun & Archery to wait, and the woman eventually showed up outside.
When officers tried to make a traffic stop, the woman sped off and led officers on a short chase before coming to a dead end on McKinley Avenue. She wrapped her arms around the steering wheel and refused to leave the car, forcing officers to use a Taser to remove her without injuring her.
The woman's husband said she had recently lost her job, couldn't find other work and has stopped taken her medication.