Slash And Grabbed: Cops Drop Drugged Up Knifewoman In Walmart
A woman high on the Breaking Bad drug crystal meth was tasered by police as she held off officers at a Walmart branch brandishing a knife.
Florida police body-cam footage of the drama – filmed in Summerfield, in Marion County, in the US state of Florida, on 30th March – shows the woman refusing to drop the weapon.
But as one officer deploys a taser, the stunned suspect falls into a display and drops to the floor.
Police – who named the suspect as Brandy McGowan, 32 – says the standoff started when she arrived at the shop with a brick and threatened customers.
She then opened a pocket knife that was for sale in a display and allegedly upped her threat to shoppers and workers.
The police later found that “she ingested approximately four grams of methamphetamine earlier in the day”.
McGowan was placed under arrest and taken to hospital for health checks before being booked into Marion County Jail, where she is currently being held.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on 4th April: “On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Deputy Christopher Witte arrested Brandy McGowan (W/F, DOB: 09/15/1989) for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
“At around 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Deputy Witte and Property Crimes Detective Pamela Thomas responded to the Walmart on South US Highway 441 in Summerfield, in reference to McGowan threatening customers and store employees with a brick and a knife.
“When Deputy Witte and Detective Thomas arrived, they located McGowan in the clothing department, wielding a pocket knife and making incoherent statements.
“Deputy Witte repeatedly instructed McGowan to drop the knife, but she ignored those commands. Deputy Witte deployed his taser at McGowan, which successfully disarmed her and provided an opportunity to place her in handcuffs.”
The police stated: “Through the investigation, it was learned that McGowan entered the business wielding a brick and began threatening customers as she was walking around.
“She then located a pocket knife for sale and began opening the packaging with a pair of scissors from the store. Once the knife was open, she continued to threaten employees and customers until Deputy Witte and Detective Thomas arrived.
“After McGowan was arrested, it was discovered that she ingested approximately four grams of methamphetamine earlier in the day. She was first transported to the hospital for evaluation.”
The police added: “Upon her release from the hospital, McGowan was transported to the Marion County Jail, where she remains.”