Oakland County woman charged with assault on Sheriff's Deputy, receives $1,000 personal bond and is released from jail
By Ashanti Lee Seabron
(OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich.) After allegedly punching an Oakland County sheriff's deputy in the face and breaking his orbital bone, a woman from Pontiac, Michigan, has been charged with assault, The Detroit News reports.
In the 50th District Court in Pontiac on Tuesday, 32-year-old Andrea Ariel-Jones Sheppard was arraigned on a count of assaulting a police officer causing injury, which is a four-year felony.
A judge set a personal bond for Sheppard at $1,000 and she was released, much to the dismay of Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
"I am angry at how regularly people assault police officers today and how little attention or care they have in Washington for this," Bouchard said. "In 2019, the FBI reported more than 56,000 police officers were assaulted."
According to the Oakland County Sheriff's office, the alleged assault happened in Pontiac near East Pike Street and Woodward Avenue at around 7 a.m. Sunday.
Officials said the deputy, 58, and with 29 years of experience in law enforcement, was responding to a report of a woman walking in and out of the street, waving her arms and talking to herself. After locating the woman, he asked her if she needed help.
The woman, however, refused to identify herself and began to yell obscenities at the deputy.
As a second deputy arrived on the scene, Sheppard walked towards the first deputy and continued to be belligerent. As the first sheriff deputy began to exit his patrol vehicle, Sheppard hit him several times in the head and upper body.
After the stunned deputy managed to push Sheppard away from him, Sheppard began to advance again in an aggressive manner, the OCSO said.
In response to her aggressive charge, the second deputy deployed his electric stun gun and arrested Shepard without further incident.
According to officials, the injured deputy was taken to a hospital and discovered to have a broken orbital bone.
While the deputy is recovering from his injuries, the OCSO said he won't be able to return to work for several weeks.
Per Fox 2 Detroit, Sheppard is due back in court on June 17.