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Officer attacked with large knife while on domestic violence call

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:50 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Officer Thereasa Haire was attacked with a large buck knife while on a domestic violence call Thursday morning, according to Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp.

Kemp said Haire was sent to the domestic violence call between a father and son at an apartment complex on Church Street in Quitman.

The son had cut his father and then barricaded himself inside a room where Haire attempted to get him to surrender, according to Kemp.

Kemp said the suspect then cut Officer Hair on the arm where she was transported to a Meridian hospital and had surgery.

Mayor of Quitman, Eddie Fulton, said he was very concerned when he heard what happened, and he’s grateful Officer Haire wasn’t seriously hurt.

“This officer is well known in Quitman and well liked. Every time there’s a call for an alligator that’s on the loose or if there’s a snake, this is the officer to go out and take care of it. Everybody knows it, so it’s no surprise to me that that officer is the one that went into that room to start with. So, I can understand it, I can see her doing it, and it’s terrifying to me, but she’s got more courage than the majority of people I’ve ever worked with so I’m proud of her. I’m also thankful that we didn’t get anybody hurt other than her,” said Fulton.

The suspect is Bradford Sellers of Quitman.

Sellers was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and will have a bond hearing Friday, according to Sheriff Kemp.

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