07/27/2007

Pawtucket, RI police shoot, kill female carjacker

Correction — PoliceOne incorrectly cited the Boston police in the original headline of this story. The carjacker was fatally shot by police in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

By John Ellement
The Boston Globe

ATTLEBORO, Mass  — A woman hijacked a car in Attleboro early this morning, then fled into Rhode Island, leading police on a wild chase that ended with a confrontation in Warwick in which she was fatally shot by an officer, law enforcement officials said.

Bridget DeGrafft, 49, of Attleboro hijacked the car using a knife with a 13 1/2-inch blade at about 12:30 a.m., then drove into Rhode Island, where police spotted her on Interstate 95 and took up the chase, the officials said.

Police surrounded DeGrafft's car with their cars after she exited I-95 in Warwick. They approached her on foot, but she didn’t turn her engine off. She drove back and forth, "rocking" her car.

A Pawtucket officer became wedged between his cruiser and the suspect’s vehicle. He fired his gun at DeGrafft at least once, officials said. The woman was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:19 a.m.

The Pawtucket officer had a minor leg injury and was treated and released. Another officer had a minor hand injury, the officials said.

The attorney general’s office said it was investigating the use of deadly force by police.

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