(WBBH/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A female carjacking suspect is dead after a Wednesday afternoon shooting involving Florida sheriff's deputies.
According to Collier County Sheriff's Office the suspect who died has been identified as 46-year-old Michelle Esch, who sometimes also went by the name Michelle Burg.
The incident began when deputies responded to a report of a failed carjacking.
"A lady had jumped inside of a semi-truck and tried to take off with it," said witness Michael Davis. "The gentlemen who owned the truck entered the vehicle. He was trying to shove her out and then what sounded like a gunshot."
Esch then moved on to a second would-be victim.
"She tried to take this elderly lady's vehicle, she's the real hero; she shoved her off and said, 'No way,'" said Davis.
After that she ran to Perkins restaurant, where she carried out a carjacking on an elderly couple.
The suspect headed east on Tamiami Trail in the stolen vehicle.
Deputies soon spotted her and began following, and there was gunfire near the Treviso Bay entrance after the stolen car crashed.
No deputies were injured.
Esch was shot by a deputy and was rushed to the hospital where she died from her injuries.
This is not her first run-in with the law, as she was scheduled to be in court in late October for a DUI, and a long list of other charges.