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WCSO: Woman identified in Smiths Grove gas station attack

Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 12:03 PM CDT
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UPDATE: SMITHS GROVE, Ky. (WBKO) - A Taylor County woman is arrested, accused of firing a weapon, starting a fire, and assaulting a police officer at a gas station in Smiths Grove overnight.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office says 46-year-old Amanda Kay May of Campbellsville also broke windows, attacked the officer with broken glass, and was tased twice before being taken into custody.

When deputies arrived at the Speedway and Marathon gas station around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, May had reportedly set a fire at the front door of the building and shot out the front glass. Officials say she then went inside the store and caused serious damage, not following commands and trying to hit a deputy in the head with a large mag light.

Once she broke out another window, officials say she fled with a large piece of glass to use as a weapon and tried unsuccessfully to get inside the deputy’s cruiser, but she was not successful and started causing damage to the hood of the cruiser. Deputies say May was tased as she tried to run toward the road, and while on the ground, the deputy tried to get the shard of glass from her. They struggled and she broke free and ran onto the I-65 south ramp.

Officials say a second deputy arrived for backup, who reportedly tased May again, and she dropped the glass.

Deputies located a firearm when they took May into custody. She was taken to the Medical Center with severe lacerations to her hands.

May is charged with Assault 3rd Police Officer, Arson, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Mischief, and Public Intoxication,

Surveillance video from inside the store can be viewed below:

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