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Woman Dead, Another Jailed After Series Of Robberies

A woman was shot to death by Salt Lake police on Wednesday, and her accomplice was jailed after the women allegedly committed a series of robberies and tried to elude authorities.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A woman was shot to death by a South Salt Lake police officer on Wednesday, and her accomplice was jailed after the women allegedly committed a series of robberies and tried to elude local and federal authorities.

Sandra Chotia-Thompson was the focus of an intensive manhunt by police on Wednesday, after a shooting that left her alleged accomplice dead. Chotia-Thompson and the dead woman, Kelly Fay Simons, 38, were wanted by police for a robbery that occurred Saturday night at a Murray restaurant.

Wednesday afternoon, a federal fugitive task force team found one of the women -- Kelly Simons -- but police claim she refused to give up. After a confrontation, Simons was shot and killed. During that time, police continued to comb the area for Chotia-Thompson. A house-to-house search did not produce any sighting of her and police did not know if she was even in the area.

Then, Wednesday evening another robbery occurred -- this one at a neighborhood grocery store at 1224 South and 400 East in Salt Lake City.  According to an official report, Chotia-Thompson demanded money and displayed a firearm inside the store. A short time later, she surrendered to authorities there.

The Salt Lake City Police Department and Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting death of Simons.

Chotia-Thompson was booked into jail on a charge of aggravated robbery. Officials say she and Simons match the description of suspects from multiple other robberies in Salt Lake City, and are now viewed by police as the likely persons responsible in those cases.
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