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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho prosecutor says a Gooding County sheriff's deputy acted appropriately when he shot a 39-year-old woman following a car chase.

The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1f7G6XO) that Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs announced the decision Tuesday. He didn't release the deputy's name.

The confrontation began when police tried to stop a car in Mountain Home at 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 2. Police say the driver, Hollee Johnston, fled. Two Elmore County deputies chased the car east on Interstate 84 to Bliss, where Gooding County deputies got involved.

Deputies say the passenger, 40-year-old Ronald Walter Rice, got out of the car with his hands in the air and Johnston shot him in the abdomen. Police say Johnston turned her gun toward the deputies and was shot.

Johnston and Rice are currently in the Ada County jail facing a variety of felony charges.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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