Mother shocked after daughter pulls gun, gets shot by officers in Allen

ALLEN, Okla. (KXII) - Lori Pirochta was shocked to hear her daughter, Melissa Grayson, was nearly killed by law enforcement.

"I didn't think it would go that far," Pirochta said. "I knew that she was really upset and she's in a manic phase."

Logan County jail officials said Grayson helped Adam Quilimaco escape a work detail on Wednesday.

Authorities tracked them to Merriman Country store in Allen, when Grayson and Quilimaco used a stolen and deactivated credit card to try to buy gas.

Employees identified them and officers found the pair parked on the back side of the store.

While police tried to arrest Grayson, officers said she pulled a revolver and refused to put it down after officers gave orders to drop it.

That is when a U.S. Marshal shot her several times.

Pirochta said her daughter had met Quilimaco while in jail and she had been trying to get help for her bipolar disorder but with no success.

"She did have a drug problem," she said. "It started when her father was killed by a drunk driver. She didn't get the help she needed but she loved her kids."

Court records show Grayson had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear in court after a conviction of child neglect and drug possession.

"And the suicide is coming in now because she lost her kids, has no contact with most of them and she doesn't have a reason to live," she said.

Allen police chief Darrel Armstrong said he was one of the officers trying to arrest Grayson before shots rang out.

"Not the most comforting feeling," he said. "It's what we're trained at. We tell you to drop it. After that, if you point it, we're trained to shoot."

Grayson is recovering from surgery and is expected to be released into custody.