Woman accused of shooting at Marion deputies arrested after manhunt

Rachel Yvonne Baggs

A woman accused of stealing a vehicle and shooting at Marion County sheriff’s deputies was arrested after a high-speed chase on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office regarding a stolen vehicle that was being pursued into the county. Marion deputies responded and attempted to stop the vehicle.

At that point, a woman later identified as 43-year-old Rachel Yvonne Baggs fled from the vehicle and allegedly shot at deputies. One patrol vehicle was hit in the driver’s side door, a sheriff’s office report states.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle was hit by gunfire during an incident on Sunday.
Marion County sheriff’s crime scene technicians check over a vehicle that was involved in a high-speed chase on Sunday.

Marion County deputies, assisted by their colleagues from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Corrections began an extensive search for Baggs. She was located a short time later after a resident called 911 to report there was a woman hiding under her porch asking for help.

Baggs was transported to a local hospital for an injury that wasn’t believed to have been sustained in Marion County. No law enforcement officers were injured and the investigation remains active.