Southern States Violent Crime

Florida Deputy Tases Woman Allegedly Armed with a Knife Caught on Camera

Florida Deputy Tases Woman Allegedly Armed with a Knife Caught on Camera

Screen capture from video. Credit Marion County Sheriff's Office

Screen capture from video. Credit Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Dramatic body camera video shows a deputy in Florida deploying a Taser on a woman who was allegedly high on meth and threatening customers with a brick and a knife inside a Walmart store.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Deputy Christopher Witte arrested Brandy McGowan 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.

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.

Upon her release from the hospital, McGowan was transported to the Marion County Jail, where she remains.

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