The Calhoun Police Department on Sunday afternoon released the official incident report from a Saturday afternoon arrest of two females at Wal-Mart in Calhoun, where a video spread on social media of a CPD officer forcibly removing one of the females from the car she was driving.
Officers with CPD were dispatched to Wal-Mart, located on West Belmont Drive in Calhoun, shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 in response to a shoplifting in progress. Upon arrival, an officer, identified as B. Defoor, entered Wal-Mart and attempted to locate security officials, but E-911 advised the officer that security would meet him outside in front of the building.
According to the report, Officer Defoor exited Wal-Mart on the general merchandise side, while Wal-Mart security excited from the grocery side of the building yelling to Defoor that two females were running and getting into a black car. Defoor advised another officer who had arrived on scene, identified as Sgt. Carson, that the suspects were backing out in a black vehicle. When the driver backed away from the spot she was parked in, she did so in "a fast and aggressive manner to avoid (the officer) running up the parking lot...it appeared she was going to travel in a direction away from the building," stated the report.
Sgt. Carson activated the blue lights on his vehicle and pulled in front of the black car, identified as a black Nissan Altima with a Tennessee tag, in attempt to stop the car. The driver made an evasive maneuver to avoid the car, then turned the wheels and, according to the report, at a high rate of speed, began driving directly toward the front of the building in an area filled with pedestrians. Officer Defoor stepped in the drivers lane of traffic to "attempt to stop her due to her erratic driving, and the heavy pedestrian traffic in the immediate area. I believed (the pedestrians) were in danger of being struck by her vehicle during her attempt to avoid arrest by police."
At that time, Defoor announced himself as a police officer and drew his service weapon, advising the driver, identified as Macy Danielle Lear, 24, of 24 Millswood Street, Clarksville, Tenn., to stop the vehicle. According to the report, Lear then pulled toward Defoor and he moved to the right giving verbal commands. She continued to accelerate toward the officer before coming to a stop with the front bumper touching his legs. While Defoor began advising Lear to "cut the vehicle," she began telling him she didn't believe he was an officer, to move out of the way or she would run over him. She also advised him she was calling the police.
Officer Defoor reports that during the time he first made contact with Lear, she was reaching to the area of her right to the left toward the floor (of the vehicle). Sgt. Carson then attempted to get Lear to open her door; she refused and began acting "irate." Another officer to arrive on the scene, identified as Officer Owens, placed his patrol car in front of the Nissan and blocked, to prevent the vehicle from moving again. Lear then rolled her window down but continued to refuse to exit the vehicle. Officer Defoor reached into the vehicle and unlocked the door; opened it and physically removed Lear from the vehicle, placed her on the ground and under arrest.
Sgt. Carson then removed the passenger of the vehicle, identified as Elizabeth Dawn Barnes, 29, of 1204 Lafayette Road, Clarksville, Tenn. and placed her under arrest without incident.
Upon removing Lear from the vehicle, Officer Defoor noticed a chrome revolver in the driver floor board in the area that she was reaching when he was in front of the vehicle giving commands. He also noticed Lear dropped a green wrapper on the ground when he removed her from the vehicle. The wrapper contained five green Oxycodone pills with "U23" marked on them.
Both subjects were placed under arrest.
During filling out a tow-in inventory, Officer Defoor located two glass pipes used for smoking narcotics; both pipes contained meth residue. He also located a Rossi 32 caliber in the driver floor board and a L&M Cigarette box missing the plastic wrapper that matched the wrapper dropped in the parking lot.
Pictures of all evidence were taken, along with videos taken from Wal-Mart, Officer Owens' patrol car and Sgt. Carson's patrol car.
Lear has been charged with shoplifting, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, obstruction of law enforcement officer, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit crime, possession of methamphetamine and possession of tools for commission of a crime.
Barnes has been charged with shoplifting, possession of methamphetamine and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Both suspects remain in Gordon County Jail at press time.