Deputies shoot woman who fled traffic stop, attempted to bring gun into hospital, officials say

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — A woman was shot by deputies after she fled a traffic stop and tried to carry a gun into a local hospital, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Southwest College Road. They said the driver, identified as Yailisse Canizares, 22, refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.


During the pursuit, Canizares called 911 and stated she was suicidal and going to AdventHealth Ocala, deputies said.

Deputies said Canizares was armed and had a gun to her head.

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When Canizares arrived at the hospital, deputies told her to stay in her car. She exited her car while carrying a gun and ran toward the hospital’s entrance.

Deputies said they continued to command her to stop but she refused.

A deputy then shot Canizares.

Deputies said she is being treated at a hospital, where she is in critical condition.

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Canizares is 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.

Deputies said Canizares was on pretrial release for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

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The name of the deputy involved has not been released at this time.

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Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.