Footage Of Shooting Suspect Slipping Handcuffs, Firing From Grady County Cruiser Released


Monday, August 15th 2022, 8:51 pm



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The Grady County Sheriff’s Office released body camera and car camera footage that shows a woman inside a deputy’s vehicle slipping out of handcuffs before shooting two people.  

The footage, released to media outlets Monday evening, shows footage from the body cameras of each of the two deputies who initially responded to the incident, as well as the camera inside one deputy’s cruiser.  

The GCSO said deputies detained the suspect, later identified as Rachel Clay, during a welfare check Friday around noon. A probable cause affidavit prepared by a deputy said the homeowner of the home on County Road 2960 reported Clay “isn’t violent but she is crawling around on her hand and knees in the yard and barking at them.”  

Deputies detained Clay with no plan to arrest her. They used double-lock handcuffs and placed her in the back of a cruiser.  

The newly released footage shows Clay removing one of her wrists from the handcuffs before reaching through the partition between the front seat and the back seat.    

“Our partitions have a small slider where we can get air back to people,” Undersheriff Gary Boggess told News 9 on Monday. “She was actually able to reach through there, on our console, where we keep the gun lock button. She hit it, and was able to retrieve an AR-15... and then she opened up on our deputies and the homeowner.”  

One deputy and one civilian were injured in the shooting. Both have since been treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.  

Clay barricaded herself in the deputy’s vehicle for more than four hours before surrendering. She was arraigned in court Monday on three felony counts of shooting with intent to kill.  

Watch the newly released footage in the video player above.  


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