published Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Slain woman had meth in her system

Investigators search for clues in the median of I-75 Saturday where a Bradley County deputy sheriff stopped to check on a woman and two small children walking. The woman allegedly slashed the deputy with a knife, and he fired at her as she stole the patrol car. The woman drove a short distrance before plowing through a fence and coming to rest on a Cleveland street.
Staff photo by Randall Higgins
Investigators search for clues in the median of I-75 Saturday where a Bradley County deputy sheriff stopped to check on a woman and two small children walking. The woman allegedly slashed the deputy with a knife, and he fired at her as she stole the patrol car. The woman drove a short distrance before plowing through a fence and coming to rest on a Cleveland street. Staff photo by Randall Higgins

Toxicology results released Tuesday show a Florida woman had methamphetamine in her system when she was fatally shot in May by a Bradley County sheriff's deputy.

Lab results show 30-year-old Armetta Foster, of Casselberry, Fla., also had Lidocaine, Atropine and Midazolam -- all painkillers -- in her system when she was shot several times on Interstate 75.

Relatives said they thought Foster had a breakdown and believed the Rapture was coming, according to newspaper archives.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation handled the case because it was an officer-involved shooting.

"TBI conducted the investigation. We followed general orders and procedures to assist them," Bradley County Maj. Jon Collins said Tuesday, then declined to comment further.

A passing motorist phoned authorities after noticing Foster walking along the interstate with her two children, ages 10 and 6, on May 22.

After Deputy Dustin Patrick stopped to check on Foster, she cut him with a knife. She then ran and climbed into his patrol car, Patrick reported, but not before he pulled out his pistol and fired, striking her several times.

She still managed to get behind the wheel and drive away, but drove only about 21/2 miles before veering off the interstate and crashing just north of the Harrison Pike overpass.

Six of the bullets struck Foster in her thigh and buttocks, tearing into her vagina and bladder, according to the report. A seventh hit her in the left kidney and left-hand side of the liver and an eighth hit her in the left forearm, the report said.

It's possible she was shot only seven times, the report said, because the bullet that entered her left forearm might have re-entered her left side, hitting her kidney and liver.

Patrick returned to work shortly after the incident, but has since been fired from the sheriff's office for unrelated reasons.

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Haiku said...

Toxicology results released Tuesday show a Florida woman had methamphetamine

Does anyone really believe that? Wish the family had the money to obtain an independent investigation. Seems like another one of those C.Y.A. moments.

November 16, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
rolando said...

So why did the cop kill her? Because she "cut him with a knife"? How badly did she cut him? He shot her multiple times and finally killed her because she was running away [to his car]? Then he "has since been fired from the sheriff's office for unrelated reasons."? Yeah, right. Unrelated.

November 16, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.
the_g_man_1 said...

You guys are probably onto something. He should have assumed that she would just give him a really close shave, "rolando." "How bad did she cut him?" is a very valid question. If she didn't at least severe an artery he should have given her a warning after the first slash. I'm sure she didn't really want to hurt him. Any well trained peace officer will tell you that an edged weapon is absolutely no threat and should be considered harmless. It's all a conspiracy theory, "Haiku." The meth problem is highly over-publicized. An "independent investigation" would probably reveal the truth, which is that this poor citizen was only under the influence of a triple espresso. Calling in the TBI and allowing their lab to analyze resulting samples was clearly a token gesture. Everyone knows that TBI scientists make minimum wage and that all their personnel would never bring to light any information that might make a deputy sheriff look bad, lose his job or face criminal prosecution. You two are geniuses. Will you be teaming up for any speaking engagements anytime soon? Please share your wisdom, great gurus.

November 16, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

This sounds like one of those oops moments. Where someone accidently cross contaminates evidence samples. Makes one wonder if this was even the victims samples sent for testing? State, city and county hired coroners and L.E. work closely together. That's why in matters like this there should be some outside, independent investigation. Not where everyone's a friend, friend of a friend or family member.

There's been so many excessive use of force and senseless shooting in the city of Miami that they've brought in the feds to investigate. At least their chief of police is acknowledging concern has stated himself that he feels many of these killings by Miami cops were unncessary.

November 18, 2011 at 5:10 p.m.
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