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Barbara Lassere Case: Traffic stop over broken headlight leads to 60-year-old woman's fatal shooting, police say

A headlight on a 2002 Honda Civic is seen at Castle Honda March 2, 2004 in Morton Grove, Illinois. Honda is recalling approximately 440,000 Civic and Insight vehicles because of possible headlight failures. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

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(CBS/AP) LAPLACE, La. - State police say a 60-year-old woman fatally shot by a St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputy was pulled over because of a broken headlight.

Troopers say Barbara Lassere was shot after evading a Thursday morning traffic stop.

Trooper Melissa Matey tells the Times-Picayune Lassere refused to get out of the car when she was stopped and instead brandished a gun before fleeing the scene.

She says the deputy then engaged in a slow-speed chase, following Lassere to a nearby home where police say Lassere then again refused to exit the car and fired a round at the deputy.

Matey says the deputy returned fire fatally injuring Lassere.

Sheriff Mike Tregre says state police will now handle the investigation into the shooting.

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