SOQUEL -- The mother of a 30-year-old Soquel Hills woman shot in the leg during a standoff with deputies Sunday says she is grateful her daughter is alive and that no one else was hurt.
Amanda Sloan, who had said she planned to "commit suicide by cop," was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at deputies from her Nicasio Way home before coming outside and pointing a handgun at herself and then at deputies, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.
Sloan is the widow of Jeffrey Stephensen Smith, 28, who was shot and killed in the driveway of that home in August.
Her mother, Suzanne Fox Sloan, who also lives at the home off Laurel Glen Road, said she wanted to thank those who have been praying for her family and offering support in the past few weeks.
"I'm fabulous; my daughter is alive," she said Monday. "This is an answer to prayers. Now Amanda gets another chance and we'll get to finally get her the help she's been asking for for years.
"The one thing I want everyone to know is that we wouldn't have had this outcome if it weren't for the power of their prayers."
Deputies responded to the Sloan property about 11:45 a.m. Sunday after learning that Amanda Sloan had returned. Sloan lived at her mother's home with her husband and three children until recently. She had been on the lam since Nov. 11, after allegedly shooting at a Capitola police officer during a pursuit, firing a round
Sloan's mom said her daughter has lost several loved ones recently, including her father, her uncle, who was killed in a tractor accident, a great aunt, a dear friend who was hit by a car on his bike and others, before "Jeff got shot and died in her arms."
The couple had a young child and were married in 2010. Deputies have named a suspect in the homicide, Colin Sean Tisdale, but made no arrests.
Sloan needs help to cope with all that has happened, her mother said.
"People that aren't troubled don't do the things she does," she said. "I think that as of last Saturday, when I lost my therapy dog, we had lost up to 64 family, close friends, neighbors and business associates in less than three years. This is why we need to bring the remnants of our family back together."
Sloan's children were taken by Child Protective Services and Fox Sloan said she was working to gain custody of her grandchildren.
"That is my main focus, to get the kids back home and in school and back to their normal routine," she said.
Fox Sloan said her family also faced years of struggles with the county to get their Nicasio Way home rebuilt after a fire destroyed it. They still don't have electricity there, she said.
She said her daughter graduated from the former Loma Prieta Alternative High School before earning certificates in welding from Cabrillo College.
"She is quite funny and talented and just has lots and lots of potential; there was just a lot going on," she said.
She said Amanda was doing fine Monday, physically, after being airlifted to an area trauma hospital after the shooting.
The deputy who shot her was placed on paid administrative leave per standard procedure, deputy April Skalland said.
He fired several shots from his department-issue rifle, striking Sloan in the leg, Lt. Fred Plageman said Sunday.
Detectives were interviewing witnesses and working on the case Monday and released no updates on the case, including the deputy's name.
Skalland said Sloan's arrest was a positive development for public safety.
"It could have been anybody (who Sloan threatened with a gun) or suicide by proxy," she said. "And who is going to be that person? We're glad no other community members were injured."
Charges were filed in the Nov. 11 Capitola case Monday.
The District Attorney's Office filed allegations of assault on a police officer, shooting at an occupied vehicle, shooting from a vehicle, evading police and possessing a weapon as a person prohibited from doing so, court officials said.
Sloan has five misdemeanor convictions, including two for battering a peace officer, officials said.
Her battery on a peace officer convictions were in 2001 and 2012 and resulted in orders for her to pay fines and attend anger management classes, per court records.
The 2012 conviction stems from a May 12 arrest in the Seacliff area when Sloan allegedly had methamphetamine and resisted arrest before kicking the door of a patrol car and hitting a deputy in the face with a handcuffed wrist, deputies said.
In April, she was convicted of intimidating a witness; in 2008, of misdemeanor battery; and in 2003, of vandalism.
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