A woman listed as one of British Columbia’s top 10 car thieves – and who was shot by police in Chilliwack after allegedly trying to run over officers to avoid arrest – is expected to make her first appearance in court Monday.

Cassandra Lee Rowell, 28, spent the weekend in hospital under 24-hour armed guard after having surgery for gunshot wounds.

She was shot outside a strip mall on Friday when police said she tried to ram a stolen truck into two cruisers.


“Rowell along with one adult male suspect were located in the parking lot of Shoppers Drug Mart on Promontory Road,” said Cpl. Peter Thiessen.

“While police were attempting the arrest … she immediately began ramming the police vehicles. Multiple shots were fired by police at the driver.”

Rowell was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including nine cases of possession of stolen property, impersonation and fraud, and was one of the top 10 most wanted prolific car thief suspects in the Lower Mainland.

The truck she was driving had been stolen from Edmonton International Airport on May 3.

Tyler Suel, 23, was also arrested and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday on similar charges.

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