Florida Woman Walking In Intersection, Asking For Help, Arrested For Allegedly Firing Shots At Florida Highway Patrol Troopers

The Florida woman who allegedly fired shots at Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Escambia County deputies faces four felony charges and a misdemeanor charge.

Sonya M. Womble, 43, of Pensacola, was arrested on the following charges:

  • aggravated assault on an officer
  • possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon
  • criminal mischief with property damage
  • armed trespassing of a conveyance or structure
  • use of a firearm while under the influence (misdemeanor)

Womble is being held in Escambia County Jail on $135,000 bond. A judge set the bond amount during her first court appearance.

Following the incident, she was transported to a local hospital and medically evaluated to determine if she should be charged.

The incident happened in the area of Ten Mile Road and Chemstrand Road.

According to FHP, a trooper was finishing a traffic crash investigation when he was approached by Womble, who was walking in the middle of the intersection. She was asking for help, saying she overdosed.

FHP says the trooper called for EMS, but Womble wandered off and got into a nearby truck. She then pointed a rifle in the direction of the trooper. An exchange of gunfire began as two more troopers and two Escambia County deputies arrived on scene.

No one was injured and authorities were eventually able to take her into custody.

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