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Police: Woman Dead After Attacking MTA Cop, One Shot Fired

Bystanders tried to help pull an attacker off an MTA police officer, but to no avail, and the officer fatally shot the suspect.

Bystanders tried to help pull an attacker off an MTA police officer, but to no avail, and the officer shot the suspect. File|Patch
Bystanders tried to help pull an attacker off an MTA police officer, but to no avail, and the officer shot the suspect. File|Patch

Updated at 5:15 p.m.

A woman who allegedly attacked an MTA police officer died after the officer fired one shot when bystanders were unable to help the officer end the assault, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

The MTA police officer, Tracy Turpin, was flagged by two people at the Cromwell Light Rail Station bus loop shelter about 6:29 p.m. Saturday. The bystanders asked the officer to intervene with a woman, who was also inside of the bus loop shelter.

Tuprin, a three-year veteran of the force, attempted to speak to the suspect, identified as Angela Beatrice Randolph, 38, with no fixed address.

Police say Randolph was uncooperative and began to assault Turpin. Randolph reportedly choked the officer and pulled her hair. According to witnesses, Turpin could not break free from Randolph. Several other witnesses attempted to control the attacker and get her off the officer, but they were unsuccessful. 

Turpin, in fear for her life, was able to remove her service weapon and fire one shot, striking Randolph in her upper leg area. There was only one round fired, according to authorities. 

Randolph was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Turpin was treated at a hospital and released. Police said she will be placed on routine administrative duties during the investigation into Randolph's shooting.

The investigation will be handled by the Anne Arundel County Police Department. 

The Light Rail and MTA service continues to run as normal. 

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