Thorntown Deputy Marshal Derek Babcock

Derek Babcock

An Indianapolis woman who pointed a handgun at a police officer Saturday said she thought he was a stalker, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Kaylan N. Lawrence, 26, was being held in the Boone County Jail Monday. Boone Superior Court II Judge Bruce Petit set her bond at $500 during her initial hearing Monday.

Thorntown Police Deputy Marshal Derek Babcock reported that he was in full uniform and driving an unmarked police car on Interstate 865 in Boone County when he noticed a car driving erratically.

Babcock’s cruiser, while unmarked, has a utility brush guard, a utility light, three hood lights, two large light bars, and more equipment visible to other motorists, and the car is designed to be clearly identifiable as a law enforcement vehicle, Babcock wrote in the affidavit.

Babcock called in Lawrence’s license plate number and was following her while awaiting information when the driver became distracted by something in the passenger area of the vehicle and drifted into an adjacent lane, he reported. Babcock sounded his cruiser’s air horn to warn the driver to focus on the roadway, according to his report.

As he continued to await the license information, Babcock saw the driver pointing a handgun at him through a window, he reported. He then flipped on his emergency lights and ordered Lawrence out of the car when she stopped, Babcock reported.

Lawrence told Babcock she thought he was a stalker or an ex-boyfriend and repeatedly apologized for pointing a gun at him, he reported.

She became very upset, crying and throwing herself to the ground while begging not to be taken to jail, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Babcock was not injured.

Police found Lawrence’s 9 mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun in her glovebox, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Zuranski, a certified gun liaison, reported. Zuranski said the gun had a 17-round magazine, but the gun only held five rounds and had no bullet chambered when he encountered it, according to the affidavit. She had a valid license to carry a handgun, according to court records.

Lawrence is tentatively scheduled for an October trial.

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