FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The woman who officers say shot at deputies in Fresno on Thursday – forcing deputies to shoot back – was identified by the Fresno Police Department on Friday.
According to the police department, the female suspect is now in stable condition in the hospital after Fresno law enforcement officials say she slipped through handcuffs following an arrest on Thursday and shot at deputies with Fresno County Sheriff’s Office – from inside a patrol vehicle.
The suspect was named as 30-year-old Mariah Spate from Clearlake.
Officers say Spate was armed with a handgun during the incident. An image taken by a police drone shows someone pointing a handgun through the window of a Fresno County Sheriff’s Office vehicle after she had been arrested.
Officers say the woman was wanted on a warrant for an earlier assault with a deadly weapons charge from July 15.
According to police, Spate shot a 62-year-old man in the face in a domestic violence dispute.
The man’s stepdaughter says the bullet went through the victim’s cheek, shattering a jawbone. She says another bullet grazed the top of his head. The victim is in stable condition now, but his stepdaughter also shared text messages she says came from Spate before the attack. In one of them, she reportedly tells the victim “I don’t want to have to kill you.”
At the moment of the arrest on Thursday, officers and deputies with the MAGEC unit had set up surveillance at her apartment, then initiated a traffic stop when she left the home and placed her under arrest.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.