Crimetracker: Woman stabs Crossville officer with needle


CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Jonathan Miller went to his mom's house in Crossville after work on Sunday. He went to bed while his mom, her longtime friend Jeff an a new friend - Kristin Sherrill - hung out.

"She was going to do my mom's hair and supposed to hang out with Jeff and just have a good time," said Miller.

Police said Sherrill started giving Jeff a massage, and he fell asleep.

"When he heard a noise and awakened, he found that his pockets had been turned inside out and his wallet was missing and his prescription for Roxicodone had been taken also," said Major Terry White with the Crossville Police Department.

When officers showed up, they found Sherrill hiding in the bathroom. They patted her down for weapons.

"She took the officers hand and forced it down on a pocket and caused him to be stuck by a needle that she was carrying in her pocket," said White.

The officer and Sherrill were both tested at the ER for hepatitis and HIV. Initial tests came back negative. But finding needles is a reality officers deal with on an almost daily basis.

It has to do with the pain pill epidemic - people crush up the pills and use needles to inject them into their bodies.

"They're carrying them in their pockets and carrying them in places that we have to do pat downs and a lot of times, you don't neccessarily have a glove on or a rubber glove isn't gonna protect you from that - a needle stick is gonna go right through it," said Major White.

He said to protect themselves, officers usually ask suspects if they have anything on them that might stick them.

"Most of the time, they will comply and tell you if they do," said White.

But not everyone does, and he said it's a serious problem.

White said his department usually sees on or two needle-prick cases a year, but again, he said they find needles almost daily.

Sherrill faces multiple charges in this case, including aggravated assault, theft, possession of a schedule II drug and resisting arrest.


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