Vernonia woman arrested after family squabble
A family squabble turned ugly Sunday evening when a Vernonia woman opened fire on a male family-member and another individual with a rifle five miles outside the city.
Columbia County Sheriff's deputies arrested Sally Ann Lee, 57, on four counts of attempted murder.
Lee was allegedly intoxicated at about 8:06 p.m. when she grabbed a rifle and began firing shots at people, including her brother.
Investigators believe the incident was the latest in a series of family-related arguments that had escalated on the premises of Lee's U-Catch Trout Farm, located near the Washington County line.
Lee had recently learned that the house in which she was living was undergoing foreclosure proceedings.
Officers from five law enforcement agencies participated in the arrest, including five deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. After holing up in a fifth wheel trailer, Lee was eventually apprehended at 1 a.m.
'With the help of our partner law enforcement agencies, we were able to bring the scene under control and make an arrest without anyone getting injured," Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said in a statement.
The incident remains under investigation and the Sheriff's Office expects additional charges against Lee.