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Waco officer discharges weapon after woman shoots arrow at him

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 19:45:38-04

WACO, TX — An officer discharged his weapon towards a female after she allegedly shot an arrow at him, according to Waco Police.

39-year-old Cheri Ann Mai of Waco has been charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, a 1st degree felony.

There were no injuries reported.

Officers responded near a "field" at the intersection of Booker St. and Lincoln Blvd. for "civil disturbance involving a bow and arrow" around 9:40 AM Saturday.

The original call notes stated that there were people fighting in the street and that one person had a bow and arrow, according to police.

It also stated that the person was shooting the bow and arrow.

Further call notes stated that there were more than four people involved, and that the possible subject with the bow and arrow was a female wearing black pants, and an unknown colored shirt.

After officers arrived at the scene, they were quickly able to locate the female in a nearby field alone.

At the time the officers arrived, she was still in possession of the bow and arrow and was sitting in the field, Waco Police said.

According to Waco PD, when the first officer pulled up, he quickly exited his vehicle and took a position of cover for protection of himself.

He then began shouting commands to the female but she did not comply.

She instead pointed her compound bow at the officer, drew back on the bow, and allegedly shot 1 arrow in the direction of him, according to police.

"Out of protection of himself, the officer fired 1 round from his duty weapon at the female, but she was not struck by the round," said Waco Police Officer Bynum.

The female immediately complied with officers at that point and surrendered by lying on the ground.

The officers were then able to take the female into custody without further incident.

After she was taken into custody, she was taken to a local hospital out of precaution for medical clearance.

She has now been placed in the McLennan County Jail and is being charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, a 1st degree felony.

The officers and crime scene technicians at the scene did recover the compound bow during the investigation.

The investigation into the incident will involve a criminal investigation into Mai's actions, the officer’s use of force, and an internal investigation.

The officer involved that discharged his weapon was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in these type of incidents.

The investigation is ongoing.