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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia State Police trooper shot a woman who ignored commands to drop her gun, according to a Virginia State Police spokesperson.

Troopers and Dinwiddie Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home along the 10000 block of Scotts Road Sunday at about 9:40 p.m. The initial call was for a suicidal subject in the home.

When troopers arrived, they say they found a woman in the backyard with a gun.

"The female ignored commands to drop the weapon and pointed it at the trooper and deputies, at which time the trooper fired their weapon and struck the female," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "The female was transported to Southside Regional Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Neither the trooper nor the deputies were injured in the incident."

The woman's name has not yet been released.  The woman was transferred to VCU Medical Center, but is expected to survive, according to officials.

The trooper who shot the woman was placed on administrative leave, per Virginia State Police Policy.

Friends of the family who live at the home where the shooting occurred told CBS 6 they did not know about the circumstances that lead up to the shooting.   Those friends asked for prayers for the family during a difficult time.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can email news tips and photos here.