Lamar County woman arrested for shooting at deputies

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Lamar County Woman has been arrested for allegedly firing a shotgun at deputies Saturday night.

Heather Putnam spent the night at the Lamar County Jail on Monday following a weekend incident with Lamar County Sheriff's Deputies. Putnam called 911, alleging someone was trying to break into her home in the 3300 Block of Old Highway 11. The woman remained on the phone with dispatchers until deputies arrived.

Once on scene, authorities heard a disturbance within the home, but couldn't get anyone to answer the door. After trying to make contact with Putnam, she came out of the door and fired at deputies with a shotgun. Sheriff Danny Rigel says the deputies repeatedly identified themselves as law enforcement, and Putnam continued to fire even striking a deputy's car. The Lamar County tactical team responded and were able to subdue the woman with a stun gun and take her into custody without injuries, putting an end to the over four-hour ordeal.

Sheriff Rigel said, "She fired at least four rounds from a 4-10 shotgun. [I] think they said the ammunition was slugs and we recovered the weapon at the scene and some spent shell casings. You know, it's pretty close combat. I've got to commend my deputies. They showed exceptional restraint. It all ended well. You know, I'm a big proponent of Tasers if they are used the right way. It literally saved this lady's life."

Rigel says Heather Putnam is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and is expected to make her initial court appearance Tuesday morning.

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