The woman was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in critical condition.
A woman in a car that had been reported stolen shot and injured herself at a RaceTrac gas station at in Palm Coast in the early morning hours of Feb. 15 as Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies approached to apprehend her.
Deputies found the car at the gas station at 301 Palm Coast Parkway NE, at the intersection of Palm Coast Parkway Northeast and Florida Park Drive, at about 2 a.m. on Feb. 15.
It had been reported stolen in Volusia County. The woman shot herself before deputies reached the car, according to FCSO Public Affairs Manager Brittany Kershaw.
The woman survived, and deputies started lifesaving measures on her. She was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in critical condition.
Investigators established a crime scene at the RaceTrac station, closing down part of the road and sending out a social media alert advising people to avoid the area. The road reopened at about 5:30 a.m.
“This is an active ongoing investigation to determine the circumstances leading up to the self-inflicted gunshot,” Sheriff Rick Staly said, according o Kershaw. “It is always tragic when someone attempts to take their own life, but I’m glad no deputies were hurt in this incident. Additional information will be released as the investigation continues. Thank you to the community for their patience while the crime scene was in place.”