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Woman shoots herself during traffic stop
Incident happens at intersection of Minter Bridge and River roads.
A 57-year-old Hillsboro woman is dead after shooting herself during a traffic stop in Hillsboro Thursday afternoon.
At about 12:25 p.m. Washington County Sheriffs deputies were called to an address on Bald Peak regarding a suicidal female who reportedly had a gun and knife, according to a press release issued by the Hillsboro Police Department.
Deputies were advised that the woman had left the Bald Peak location in a vehicle and was possibly headed for her residence in Hillsboro.
Deputies later discovered the woman in her vehicle at the intersection of Southeast River Road and Minter Bridge Road in Hillsboro and initiated a traffic stop.
The woman, who was the driver of the car, fired a round from a handgun. The round ricocheted out of the car and the bullet or some shrapnel struck a deputy in the leg, causing a bruise.
Officials say the woman in the car shot herself and was pronounced dead at the scene. No shots were fired by police or deputies.
The name of the woman has not been released pending next of kin notifications.
Minter Bridge and River roads were closed for three hours. All lanes have reopened.