Two police officers were allegedly assaulted Thursday when they responded to the Sprint store in reference to an irate woman upset over a broken cell phone after she erupted into a fit of rage and began throwing things at employees.
“I made contact with (the woman) who stated that she was angry because Sprint had given her a bad phone and would not help her,” Officer Nathan Frost reported in a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report. “She then began to act erratically and began to yell, causing a disturbance.”
Officer Andrew Graves was also called to the scene and spoke with three employees and a customer, all of who gave consistent statements alleging the woman “entered the store yelling about her phone and began throwing things across the store at employees,” Frost reported.
“I then began to make attempts to calm (her) down, but (she) continued to cause a disturbance,” Frost reported. “As I attempted to detain (the woman), she began resisting and attempted to kick and bite myself and Graves.”
The woman allegedly kept fighting back against police, at which point a sergeant was notified and came to the scene to help with the situation.
Officers then transported the woman to Middle Tennessee Medical Center for a mental and health evaluation. The officers were evaluated as well, at which point Frost noted, “Graves and I both have visible scratches on our arms” from the struggle with the woman.
Once cleared, the woman was transported to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office to be booked on two counts of assault, as well as charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.