Officer & suspect met inside BP before Calhoun shootout

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Calhoun shooting

CALHOUN, Georgia (WDEF) – The GBI has released new details on what led up to the shootout in Calhoun on Tuesday.

They say city officer Jeremy Thompson came across the driver of the car inside tthe station, and gave her some change when she came up short on a purchase at the counter.

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But as they were leaving, Officer Thompson says he smelled marijuana as he encountered the other woman in the car, Tameka LaShay Simpson from Columbus.

At that point, he called in a suspicious vehicle.

When backup arrived, Officer Thompson asked Simpson for identification.

He says during that conversation, she pulled out a gun and fired.

A bullet hit the backup officer, Joe Yother, catching his vest and cell phone before ricocheting into his arm.

He was held in a hospital overnight for observation.

Other officers returned fire and killed Simpson.

Police then charged the female driver with other charges.