SANTA CRUZ -- A 30-year-old Soquel Hills woman died of asphyxiation by hanging in Santa Cruz County Jail on Monday, according to a coroner's report.

Amanda Sloan, widow of homicide victim Jeffrey Stephensen Smith, was found dead in a single cell about 4:25 a.m. Monday, said deputy Ryan Kennedy.

Sloan was in jail after she allegedly shot at law enforcement from the sunroof of a BMW in November 2012. In December, she shot at a Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies near hear home and was shot in the leg when they returned fire.

Prosecutors have named Colin Sean Tisdale a suspect in Smith's death. Tisdale has not been charged with homicide.

Tisdale, 50, remained in County Jail on Thursday on separate charges, according to jail records.

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