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Video: Woman Attacked Officer with Ax Before Fatal Shooting in Tennessee

April 07, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Woman Attacked Officer with Ax Before Fatal Shooting in Tennessee

When a deputy with the Sumner County (TN) Sheriff's Office along with members of the Gallatin Housing Authority served Laronda Sweatt an eviction notice Wednesday morning, she became combative and stabbed the deputy with an ax, reports WKRN.

A neighbor News 2 spoke with saw the deputy, identified as Gary Pickard, as he made his way back to his car and called for back-up.

"There was an officer running up holding his side. The ambulance was coming and they run us back inside and tell us not to come outside," said Seth Lazenby.

Three other Gallatin officers arrived at the scene and Sweatt allegedly met Officer James Spray in the street.

She allegedly backed him up to his vehicle while threatening him with the same ax she assaulted Pickard with.

As she continued advancing toward Officer Spray, he fired two shots, striking Sweatt both times.

Spray has been placed on routine administrative leave with pay following the shooting.

Pickard was transported to a local hospital and has since been released. He has been with the department since 2005.


Comments (3)

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OK then @ 4/7/2016 6:46 PM

That is a perfectly normal response to an eviction notice.

RG @ 4/8/2016 6:59 AM

How do you 'stab' someone with an ax. I assume she struck him with an ax. Can't imagine why the landlord didn't want to serve the eviction notice himself. Hope the Deputy is alright.

kevCopAz @ 4/8/2016 2:53 PM

I do evictions everyday here in Maricopa Cnty Az. As in most all police work, 95% are peaceful and are handled without issues. Sad situations at times,but necessary. BUT if you examine how many times (more of late) that Deputies are shot, shot at or attacked in some manner while serving "civil" papers, it is way out of hand. Here we serve these alone, its unsafe and no jurisdiction should do this type of "civil" action (along with Orders of Protection) with a single officer. Here there are 26 Constables (non sworn/little police training), few of which do have police exspirience and most are UNARMED or even have ANY form of weapons. The there are 8 sworn deputies to help them who are armed and trained (very senior)police officers.I am a Deputy and I even after 35 yrs with Phx & in Law Enforcement do not like serving these types of civil actions alone. We here (and across the nation) are very, very lucky more Constables/deputies etc are not killed or injured. People are crazy out there!

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