Local Woman Shot By Officers Goes On Trial

Amanda Jackel (Police photo/file)
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COPPERAS COVE (October 7, 2013)--A Copperas Cove woman who was shot during a confrontation with police was scheduled to go on trial Monday in Gatesville charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon.

Amanda Jackel, 23, was arrested in February after she was released from a local hospital where she was treated for her wounds.

Jury selection was underway Monday in Judge Trent Farrell's 52nd District Court.

Jackel has been held in the Coryell County Jail since her arrest in lieu of $200,000 bond, jail records showed.

Officer Christian Suess shot Jackel on Jan. 19 after responding to a report of a suicidal woman at a mobile home park at 1204 West Ave. B.

Suess made contact with the woman identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as Jackel who made several suicide threats as he attempted to talk to her.

"If you don't shoot me, I'm going to kill you," she said, according to the affidavit.

"I'm going to die tonight."

"If you come into my trailer, I'm going to shoot you and then shoot myself," she said, according to the affidavit.

After several minutes, Jackel left the room holding a knife and walked toward the officer, the affidavit said, ignoring orders to drop the weapon.

Seuss fired three times and Jackel fell to the ground, the affidavit said.