One arrested in Aberdeen after shooting vehicle

The situation was a repo that escalated, police believe

Aberdeen police responding to a shots fired call near downtown made an arrest after a brief investigation.

A 49-year-old Aberdeen woman is in custody for first-degree assault and drive-by shooting, said Lt. Jeff Weiss.

The first call came in at 12:23 a.m. on Thursday morning, Weiss said in an interview.

“They thought it was coming from the transient camp. Then it was determined it was on the 400 block of East Market,” Weiss said. “They got a call from a female saying her vehicle had been shot.”

The woman had been repossessing a vehicle, when the suspect blocked her off with another vehicle and fired a handgun at her, striking the vehicle the woman was in at least twice.

As police were interviewing the victim, the suspect entered the scene in a third vehicle, and was taken into custody, Weiss said. The suspect was detained without struggle, Weiss said. There was a firearm visible in the third vehicle at the time of the arrest, Weiss said.

The suspect is in custody, all three vehicles were seized in anticipation of search warrants, and the investigation is ongoing, said Cmdr. Steve Timmons. The situation is over and there is no ongoing threat to public safety, Timmons said.

Anyone performing a vehicle repossession should alert the police department ahead of time via their non-emergency line, Weiss said.

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