Fort Bend deputy shoots woman after she rams patrol car in high-speed chase, deputies says

Deputies say she is accused of beating another woman with hammer

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Vincent Crivelli - Reporter

RICHMOND, Texas - A chase through Fort Bend County ended in a shooting that left a woman injured, according to authorities.

Deputies with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to an aggravated assault late Sunday evening. 

The victim and her attacker - who deputies identified as Starlisha Baker - were at a get-together when the attack happened, authorities said.

According to deputies, the victim had been hit with a hammer after she and Baker got into an argument over money.

“(Baker) struck her right in the forehead with a hammer," said FBSO Deputy Chad Norvell. "Her wound almost looks like a gunshot, it (was) so deep in her forehead. (It was a) very strong strike apparently, but she is OK and will survive.”

Others at the get-together called authorities and were able to give a description of Baker and her vehicle, authorities said.

Deputies said they spotted the vehicle near Crabb River Road and the Grand Parkway just five minutes later, but when they tried to get the driver to pull over, Baker fled and a chase ensued.

The chase reached speeds up to 100 mph and ended around 11:45 p.m. Sunday near West Bellfort Street and Waterview Estates Trail when Baker hit spike strips, which damaged the vehicle, authorities said.

Authorities said after hitting the spike strips, Baker continued to try and drive away, hitting a patrol vehicle in the process. 

“The deputies exited the vehicle and she continued to try to drive ... towards the deputies,” said Norvell. "Deputies tried to stop (Baker). She did strike one of our vehicles and then backed up toward another deputy at which time a deputy fired two shots.” 

Baker was transported to a hospital and has since been released, deputies said. 

“(Baker) was actually hit once in the chest and it went through her chest," Norvell said. "It's incredible to be out of the hospital (about) three hours after being shot.”

Baker has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest, authorities said.

“We are very fortunate," Norvell said. "Obviously (Baker) did not care what she did. She hit someone in the head with a hammer. We are very fortunate that she did not hit anyone else with a vehicle or crash into a house out here or something a lot more serious.”

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