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Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org
Suspect Arrested Following Deputy-Involved Shooting & Pursuit
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. – (July 31, 2015) – On Friday, July 31, 2015 at approximately 1:10 a.m., Jenny Ann Stewart, 38, Laguna Woods, was arrested following a vehicle pursuit and deputy-involved shooting. Stewart was taken into custody in a parking lot adjacent to El Toro Road, east of Paseo De Valencia.
On Thursday, July 30, 2015 at approximately 4:52 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the Valvoline Oil Store at El Toro Road and Moulton Parkway reference an intoxicated female in a blue, Toyota SUV. A records check of the license plate indicated the vehicle was recently reported stolen out of the city of Laguna Beach. Deputies arrived as the Toyota SUV, driven by Stewart, exited the parking lot onto Moulton Parkway. A felony traffic stop was initiated in the area of Moulton Parkway and Via Campo Verde in the city of Laguna Woods. During the traffic stop, Stewart reversed her vehicle towards the deputy and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.
Stewart was able to flee the traffic stop and a pursuit ensued. Deputies pursued the vehicle for approximately fifteen minutes through the cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods and Laguna Hills. During the course of the pursuit, Stewart rammed a marked Sheriff’s patrol unit causing moderate damage. The pursuit terminated in a parking lot behind a business located at 24032 El Toro Road. Stewart was taken into custody by deputies as she attempted to exit the vehicle and flee the area on foot.
Stewart was not hit as a result of the deputy-involved shooting. No deputies were injured during the incident.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit assumed primary responsibility for the investigation because the deputy-involved shooting did not result in the suspect being struck.
Stewart was arrested for possession of stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon on a deputy and evading a peace officer and booked into Orange County Jail. She is being held on $50K bail and is expected to appear in court on Monday, August 3, 2015
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