An 80-year-old Suwannee County mother has been charged with attempted murder and a myriad of other charges after she allegedly went to her son's home and shot into the residence, tried to run down a deputy sheriff, fled from deputies while armed with her car lights off during a high speed chase and ran the intersection of US 90 and 149th Road, striking a vehicle that rolled several times and injuring its 16-year-old driver.
The armed woman then refused to leave her vehicle and was removed only after a number of law enforcement officers were on the scene and forcibly took her out of the wrecked vehicle.
The woman, Belle Turman Wooley, of 7228 153rd Road, was booked into the Suwannee County Jail after deputies removed live 22-caliber rounds from her pants pocket and the seat of her car and recovered a 22-caliber pistol lying on the console next to the driver's seat, according to a report by Suwannee County Deputy Tanya Rodriguez who arrested Wooley.
Tyler Jordan, 16, of Live Oak, was driving an older model GMC Jimmy eastbound on US 90 when Wooley's northbound 2003 Grand Marquis drove into his path on US 90 and hit his vehicle. Jordan was taken to Shands at Live Oak for treatment of his injuries. Jordan's vehicle overturned multiple times after the impact but Jordan had on his seat belt and survived the accident.
Wooley is charged with one count each of attempted felony murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer with injury and traffic crash, shooting into an occupied dwelling and armed trespassing. Bond has been set at $300,000. Wooley remains incarcerated.
According to a report filed by Rodriguez, Wooley admitted to shooting at the mobile home where her son and his wife live. Wooley said she was mad at her son "for the past" and wanted to scare him, according to Rodriguez's report. She said she fired the gun over and over and reloaded and fired again, the report said.
Based on Rodriguez's reports, this is what happened. The incident began shortly after 6 p.m. on 149th Road where Wooley's son, Harold, lives. Belle Wooley apparently drove to her son's mobile home and began driving around the home shooting into the home with a 22-caliber pistol. The son called 911 for help. Deputies sped toward the home but Deputy Rodriguez arrived first. There, she found Wooley and his cousin, William Scott, inside the trailer trying to take cover from the incoming bullets. On the phone, the son gave SCSO his mother's position each time she repositioned her vehicle. When Rodriguez arrived, Belle Wooley was driving around the mobile home when Rodriguez blocked her path with her patrol car. She was ordered by the deputy to get out and put her hands up, which she did. When the son and Scott came around the house, and the son spoke in a loud tone of voice, Rodriguez said Wooley became angry, refused to comply with the deputy's commands and got into her vehicle and aimed it at the patrol car where the deputy was standing. The deputy got out of the way as Wooley took off in the car with the deputy firing once at the fleeing car. By this time, Deputy Ben Sears was approaching the scene and Sears and Rodriguez followed Wooley as she fled northbound on 149th Road with no car lights on and at a high rate of speed. Wooley did put her lights on to negotiate a sharp curve one time but then turned off the lights again and continued north, where she entered US 90 and struck Tyler Jordan's eastbound vehicle, flipping it multiple times. Wooley's car came to a rest and the armed driver refused to obey orders to exit the vehicle. Once the scene was secured and other officers had arrived, Wooley was removed and eventually taken to jail.
Susan K. Lamb may be reached by calling 1-386-362-1734 ext. 131 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.