Last Modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:28 PM
A Sulphur woman who was shot by a Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputy while driving her car toward him Tuesday evening has a criminal history that dates back a decade, including arrests for theft, resisting an officer, cruelty to a juvenile and drug possession, authorities said Wednesday.
Evelyn Dargin, 33, was shot once in the face by a deputy as she drove her car toward him while he was outside his squad car, said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. Dargin was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, criminal property damage, resisting arrest and several traffic violations.
“When a person comes at you with a vehicle, we treat that just like a weapon,” Mancuso said Tuesday. “And he had to stop that threat. The officers did exactly what they were trained to do.”
Prior to the shooting, another deputy made a routine traffic stop at Evans and Carr streets. Dargin exited her vehicle, but got back in her car and fled as the deputy approached.
The deputy pursued, and Dargin stopped again before driving off again. The pursuit ended at the 300 block of North Louisiana Avenue, where Dargin struck a patrol unit before the shooting occurred.
Dargin’s first arrest in Calcasieu Parish was in June 2004 for theft and bank fraud, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Myers. She was arrested again in March 2008 for resisting an officer and driving with a suspended license.
Dargin was arrested in January for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and cruelty to a juvenile.
Myers said Dargin is being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital. Her condition was unknown as of Wednesday.
Two others, a juvenile and an adult, were in the car at the time of the shooting, but were not injured, Mancuso said.
Neither deputy was injured during the incident. Mancuso said both were placed on administrative leave and that the investigation was turned over to state police.
State police Sgt. James Anderson said Dargin’s vehicle was impounded and that a search warrant was obtained. He said troopers used electronic equipment to diagram the scene to aid in the investigation.