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UPDATE: Woman pleads guilty to malicious wounding charge

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UPDATE:

A woman accused of hitting a police office with her car pleaded guilty Monday.

Jennifer Garretson pleaded guilty to malicious wounding in Kanawha County Court. Her sentencing is sentenced for December 9.

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UPDATE:

A woman, police have termed a person of interest in the injury of an off-duty police officer, has turned herself in.

Jennifer Elaine Garretson turned herself into the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Garretson was arraigned and charged with malicious wounding today after she turned herself into the police.

According to the criminal complaint, officers discovered that Garretson had a boyfriend.  When police spoke with the boyfriend, he gave them her cell phone number.

Police used the number to text Garretson and asked her to turn herself in.  Garretson agreed to turn herself in after texting with an officer.

The officer, Sgt. Aaron Nichols is still in the ICU, but is in stable condition.

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UPDATE:

The West Virginia State Police have released the name of a trooper who was struck by a vehicle while attempting to stop a shoplifter.

Sgt. Aaron Nichols was in the Goody's clothing store at the Saint Albans mall when he spotted a woman who appeared to be shoplifting.  When he attempted to stop the woman, he was hit by her car.

Police are still searching for the woman as a person of interest in the case.

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ORIGINAL:

The Saint Albans Police Department and the West Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the woman they say struck an off-duty trooper. The trooper was trying to apprehend the woman for shoplifting, according to First Sergeant Michael Baylous with State Police and Captain James Agee with the Saint Albans Police Department.

The incident happened at the Saint Albans Mall near the Goody's clothing store at around 5 p.m., Sgt. Baylous said.

The person of interest is Jennifer Elaine Garretson.  She is in her 30s, wearing a long sleeve pink shirt and boots. She has medium-length wavy brown hair, according to Capt. Agee.

He added that police believe she is a driving a small dark-colored, possibly flat black, compact car, with rust along the bottom.

Investigators identified an apartment that Garretson was living, rented by an ex-boyfriend. Outside that apartment, they found the Honda driven by Garretson. 

Neighbors say State Police interviewed most of the neighborhood. 

If anyone has any information about this car or woman, call Saint Albans police at 304-348-8111 or 911. Callers may remain anonymous.

The trooper is at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital in the intensive care unit.

Sgt. Baylous said the trooper suffered several injuries, including a "serious head injury." He said it's unclear whether the trooper will undergo surgery until doctors run more tests.

And police said the suspect could face serious charges.

"Shoplifting is a citation event, and obviously this was taken to another level," Capt. Agee said.