- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for attempted murder in the shooting of her estranged girlfriend while she was off-duty.

Al.com (https://bit.ly/2ffMRnt ) reports authorities announced the charges Friday against 37-year-old Lakisha Hampton, of Center Point. Chief Deputy Randy Christian said Hampton surrendered to authorities at the county jail Thursday and was released after posting $30,000 bond. It was unknown if she’s represented by an attorney.

Deputies were dispatched about 5 p.m. Aug. 19 to a report of a shooting. The caller, later identified as a jail deputy, said she had just shot someone and said she had an order of protection against the victim. When authorities arrived, they found a 32-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds. Her injuries weren’t life-threatening.

Hampton has been on leave since the shooting.

Christian had previously said detectives conducted an investigation and submitted their findings to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. The district attorney, he said, scheduled the case to be heard by an upcoming grand jury.

Hampton’s most recent assignment was at the county jail. Christian said termination procedures have been initiated against her.

“Obviously her career in law enforcement is over. We have said time and again in domestic situations that people have got to learn how to control their emotions, walk away and cool off,” Christian said. “When that doesn’t happen, the outcome is never good. I’m sure there are a lot of regrets on both sides, but there are no do-overs in real life.”

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