SANTA CRUZ -- A wanted mother of three whose husband was gunned down outside their Soquel Hills home in August was shot during her arrest Sunday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.
Amanda Sloan, 30, was shot in the leg during a confrontation with an officer and was flown to a Santa Clara County trauma hospital, Sgt. Robin Mitchell said.
She is in stable condition, and the officer was not hurt, Mitchell said.
Detectives were interviewing witnesses and working on the case Sunday afternoon, and Mitchell said she could not release details.
Sloan has a history of being combative with police, even before her husband, Jeffrey Stephensen Smith, was shot and killed Aug. 16 in the driveway of a home the couple shared with Sloan's mother.
Most recently, on Nov. 11, Sloan allegedly shot at a Capitola police officer who was pursuing her on Old San Jose Road.
The officer had stopped her in a 2001 BMW 330ci on 41st Avenue in Capitola and when he approached her car window, Sloan allegedly started screaming at the officer and then sped off north on 41st Avenue, police said.
Last week, authorities said Sloan had obtained a private attorney and might turn herself in.
But instead, Sloan called her mother on Wednesday and told her she was "crazy," and would demonstrate that by committing "suicide by cop."
Authorities were notified after Sloan's call and emergency dispatchers broadcast a county-wide "be on the
"She's considered armed and dangerous and an officer safety risk," deputy April Skalland said last week. "She has a history of assaulting officers."
Sloan's criminal record includes two convictions for battery on a peace officer.
One of those convictions came after she was arrested May 12 in the Seacliff area on suspicion of felony meth possession, resisting arrest and battery of a police officer, according to records. In that case, Sloan kicked the door of a patrol car and hit a deputy in the face with a handcuffed wrist, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Sloan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to the battery, her public defender said.
Child Protective Services took Sloan's three children into protective custody last week, said Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante. Her youngest is a 20-month-old girl.
Police said they were tipped this week that Sloan was in Santa Cruz and Aptos.
"We are working with every agency to try and find her," Escalante said Thursday. "Turning herself in peacefully would be the best thing for everybody involved, especially her children."
After reportedly shooting at the Capitola officer last month, authorities obtained a warrant for her arrest on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. She was on the County's Most Wanted list as well.
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