Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Woman picks fight with police

Shekita_Petry_8-24-67Picking a fight with a couple of police officers landed a Minden woman in jail.

Shekita A. Petry, 44, of the 100 block of Country Lane, was arrested for battery on an officer, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of resisting an officer with force or violence.

According to Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper, Petry advanced on Ofc. Danny Turner early Saturday morning after Turner stopped her vehicle.

"Officer Turner was patrolling on Lincoln Street, and he observed a white vehicle parked on the side of the road on Cox Lane," Cropper said. "When he stopped, the vehicle pulled out and drove straight toward his unit. Then it made a left turn on Lincoln Street and Turner felt it was suspicious."

Cropper said when the officer pulled over the vehicle and was in the process of running a license plate check on it, a female exited the vehicle and came to his unit.

"The officer asked her to step back away from his unit because he had a K-9 officer in his vehicle," said the chief. "He could see two male subjects in her vehicle, so he called for a back-up unit."

Officer 1st class Chris McClaran and Officer Chase Wimberly responded to back him up.

"Turner exited his vehicle, identified the woman as Petry and did a warrant check on her," Cropper said. "Her criminal history came back that she had some prior narcotics arrests."

Turner reportedly asked Petry if she had anything illegal on her person.

"She said 'no' and asked if he (Turner) wanted to search her purse," said the chief. "Turner placed the purse on top of his car and was in the process of searching her purse when she placed both hands in her front jacket pocket. Turner asked her to remove her hands and she refused. He attempted to pull her left hand out of her pocket. She jerked away from him and refused to expose her hands.

Cropper said Turner didn't know what Petry had in her pocket, but by this time other officers were on the scene and reportedly observed the altercation.

"McClaran also tried to get her hand out," Cropper said. "When they finally did, she had a glass crack pipe in her hand and the end was broken off. She had a jagged piece of glass she was swinging, trying to cut the officers."

When the officers finally gained control and got her in custody, they discovered she had been arrested for battery on an officer in south Louisiana.






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