The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman who was shot by a deputy near the entrance of AdventHealth Ocala on Tuesday.
At around 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday, MCSO deputies observed a vehicle that was speeding on SW College Road in Ocala, and they attempted a traffic stop.
The driver, identified as 22-year-old Yailisse Isabell Canizares, refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.
During the pursuit, Canizares called 911 and stated that she was suicidal. She also mentioned that she was on her way to AdventHealth Ocala.
According to an MCSO release, Canizares briefly stopped her vehicle and she was observed holding a handgun to her head.
While she was stopped, deputies attempted to persuade her to drop her weapon and offered to bring her to the hospital if she complied. Instead, Canizares accelerated and the pursuit resumed until she arrived at AdventHealth Ocala.
Canizares parked her vehicle near the entrance to the hospital. Deputies gave her multiple commands to stay inside her vehicle.
She ignored those commands and exited the vehicle carrying a handgun. As she began running toward the hospital’s entrance, deputies continued to give her repeated commands to stop which she ignored.
A deputy fired a shot, and Canizares was struck. The deputies immediately summoned medical aid for her, and she is currently being treated at the hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Canizares has been charged with felony offenses including fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer (while armed with a firearm) and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
At the time of this incident, Canizares was on pretrial release for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Ocala Police Department responded to assist MCSO in attempting to stop Canizares during the pursuit and in securing the scene of the shooting.
An investigation into the incident is currently being conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.