VIDEO: In-Custody Suspect Fires at Atlanta Officers from Back of Patrol Car

A woman is dead after Atlanta police said she opened fire in the back of a police cruiser early Thursday evening.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. in front of the Atlanta police precinct near Underground Atlanta on Pryor Street.

Police told WSB TV officers took the woman into custody after finding her in a vehicle that was reported stolen. A police source said when officers detained the woman, they found drugs and learned she had a warrant.

“Shortly after that, that individual opened fire with a handgun or with a weapon firing at least twice at the officers. The officers retreated and opened fire,” said Maj. Darin Schierbaum with the Atlanta Police Department.

The Fulton Medical Examiner’s office Friday identified the woman as Alexia Christian, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to county jail records, Christian was most recently arrested by East Point police in March for selling marijuana, and by Atlanta police in January for shoplifting. Three of her prior arrests involved charges of auto theft. In two of those arrests, she was also charged with obstructing officers, jail records show.

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