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Police report: Woman swings knife, broken glass at officers

JOHNSON FORK – When police went to check on a complaint of a woman possibly cooking meth inside her home, the woman reportedly swung a butcher knife and broken glass at the officers before finally being detained.

According to the arrest citation, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputies Jonathan Holbrook and Bryan Castle responded to a complaint on Friday, January 14. When they arrived at the home on Settlement Branch, off Johnson Fork, they heard a woman screaming from inside the residence and saw smoke coming from around the back door.

Deputy Holbrook entered the home and reported noticing something black and charred on the floor and smoke coming from the kitchen.

Police found Elizabeth Reed, 50, of Settlement Branch, in Salyersville, in the kitchen. Holbrook reported in the arrest citation there were two cookers boiling over on the stove and a black, charred substance was all over the stove and throughout the residence.

Reed allegedly started cussing at the officers, grabbed a butcher knife and started swinging it at the police officers, while also holding another cooker in her other hand.

Holbrook unholstered his firearm and yelled at Reed several times to put down the knife, and she eventually complied, placing the knife on the counter, according to the citation.

Reed reportedly then picked up a piece of glass from a window she had busted out and started swinging it at the police officers.

After multiple commands to drop the glass, she finally did, but when police started to cuff her, she would not comply, twisting to try to get away from the officers.

Paramedics were called to the scene to check out Reed, who screamed almost the entire time she was being assessed for medical needs but was cleared by EMS and then taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where she remains at press time.

Reed is currently facing the charges of two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, and one count each of menacing, resisting arrest, and second-degree disorderly conduct. She was scheduled for an arraignment in the felony case on January 19, though the outcome of that hearing is unknown at press time.

Editor’s Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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