Deputy who fatally shot driver acted appropriately, investigation finds

Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 11:10 a.m. CDT; updated 11:31 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 6, 2011

REPUBLIC — A preliminary investigation shows a deputy who fatally shot a suspected drunken driver acted appropriately.

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says 46-year-old Tammy L. Robinette of Mountain Grove pointed a gun at the deputy after he stopped the minivan she was driving about 10 miles southwest of Springfield. The woman also goes by the last name of Campbell.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the deputy fired in response to the woman attempting to shoot at the deputy. It's not yet clear if the woman's weapon discharged.

Arnott says the deputy had heard reports that the driver might be armed and suicidal before approaching the vehicle.

The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is the sheriff's office policy when a deputy is involved in a fatal shooting.