Aurora, IL – Three people have been charged with attacking, beating, and strangling an Aurora police officer during a traffic stop on Monday night.
The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on June 21 after the Aurora officer saw a vehicle run a stop sign at the intersection of Plum Street and Randall Road near West Aurora High School, WGN reported.
The suspect pulled over in a driveway in the 600-block of North Elmwood Drive and started screaming foul words at the officer from the car.
Police said a female passenger got out of the suspect vehicle and the officer ordered her to get back in multiple times, but she didn’t, WGN reported.
The officer began to arrest the woman for obstruction, according to the Aurora Patch.
That’s when the driver – later identified as 28-year-old Paul Sherrod – got out of the vehicle and threatened the officer.
Aurora police said in a press release that Sherrod fled on foot at that point, the Aurora Patch reported.
The officer chased Sherrod and the both female passengers from the suspect vehicle – later identified as 24-year-old Jennifer Taylor and 26-year-old Sheba Taylor – chased after him.
Police said the women attacked the officer and “then began striking the officer with closed fists and kicking his body and head,” FOX News reported.
Police said the women held onto the officer and allowed Sherrod to hit him in the head.
“The officer heard a male’s voice and then was struck repeatedly in the head from several angles,” according to the press release.
Police said one of the women strangled the officer next, the Aurora Patch reported.
The press release from the police department said a female passenger “placed her forearm around the officer’s neck and applied significant force to his windpipe, causing him to lose the ability to breathe.”
Police said she was still strangling the officer when backup arrived on the scene and arrested the violent trio, the Aurora Patch reported.
The officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“Our Aurora police officers are entrusted with keeping our community safe from harm,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. “I am at a loss of words when an officer is physically attacked from something that would have been a simple traffic ticket. We will not allow our city to become a place where criminals feel emboldened, and lawlessness ensues.”
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin also condemned the brutal attack on the officer, the Aurora Patch reported.
“This type of lawlessness and violence against our police officers cannot and will not be tolerated,” Irvin said. “This was an act of malice and cowardice and I will absolutely seek that the perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Let’s keep this officer in our prayers as the officer makes a full and complete recovery.”
Jennifer Taylor, Sheba Taylor, and Sherrod were all charged with five felonies, including aggravated assault of a peace officer, WGN reported.
They were booked into the Kane County Jail and appeared at the bond call on Tuesday morning.
The women were each held on a $50,000 bond.
Sherrod was held on $75,000 bond, the Aurora Patch reported.