LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A woman being arrested recently said she would “have the officers’ jobs.”
Campbell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joshua Jeffers and Crpl. Tosha Tackett went to 129 Wood Haven Lane in La Follette about a possible armed robbery on the morning of Sept. 18. When Jeffers arrived, he could hear a male and female arguing inside. Jeffers noticed the door appeared to have been forced open. After further investigation, Jeffers realized it was a domestic disturbance between a male and female. Jeffers discovered the female, later identified as Sandra Jean Sharp, was the primary aggressor in the disturbance.
The victim told Jeffers that Sharp got out of bed and began yelling and screaming at him, telling him to get out because of a previous argument over the victim reading a text message on Sharp’s cellphone from an unknown male who was allegedly asking her out on a date, according to a report from the sheriff’s department.
The victim said while Sharp was yelling get out, she began allegedly spraying him with a can of pepper spray. He then ran outside where she continued to chase him around the yard with the pepper spray. The victim stated he was able to run back inside and lock the door. Next, Sharp began trying to unlock the door with an unknown object. The victim eventually unlocked the door only to be struck with a large ball-peen hammer moments prior to the officer’s arrival.
Sharp told Jeffers that she woke up and thought the victim stole a small .22 caliber pistol that belonged to her parents before they died. She began following the victim asking where her gun was. Sharp’s recollection of the location of the gun changed and she stated she had left it in the bathroom floor instead of beside the bed. She was allegedly looking for the gun to scare the victim.
According to the report, the victim had scratch marks on his neck, stomach, back and front of his arm. The victim also had knots on the back of his left shoulder Sharp had struck him several times with the hammer. Sharp had scratches on her arms and slight bruising on her forearm, she allegedly said the “I got these (referring to the scratches) from chasing my boyfriend because I fell down.” She told Jeffers the victim did not touch her as she was chasing him.
During the investigation, officers noticed Sharp’s speech was slurred and had white foam coming from the corners of her mouth while she was talking. Sharp said the foam was from the night medication (Xanax) she takes.
When Sharp learned that she was going to jail, she allegedly began crying and screaming she was not going to jail. When Tackett was trying to arrest Sharp, she began to physically resist. Sharp struck Tackett with a closed fist on the forehead just above her right eye. Sharp attempted to intentionally fall and jerk away while being escorted to the patrol car, based on the report. During this time she was making threats to have the officers’ jobs, because she is “good friends with several officers.”
Sharp, 67, 129 Wood Haven Lane, LaFollette is charged with assault on a police officer, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 9/26/19 6AM)