Marion County, FL – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has released bodycam video of a deputy deploying his Taser on a woman armed with a knife who was threatening people inside a Walmart in Florida.
The incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on March 30 at the Walmart store located in Summerfield, WWSB reported.
Store managers had called police after a woman – later identified as Brandy McGowan – came into the big box store armed with a brick and began threatening customers as she walked around.
McGowan found a pocket knife for sale inside the store and then opened a package of scissors so she could open the knife packaging, WWSB reported.
When she got the knife open, McGowan used it to continue threatening store employees and other customers.
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Witte responded to the 911 call from the Walmart, WWSB reported.
Deputy Witte located McGowan in the clothing section of the store armed with the pocket knife and making incoherent statements.
He held her at gunpoint until backup arrived, WWSB reported.
Bodycam video showed Deputy Witte was the first on the scene and he repeatedly ordered McGowan to drop the knife.
McGowan responded to the deputy’s command but her comments were unintelligible in the video.
“You killed my family,” the woman told the deputy at one point. “How do I know that?”
She told the deputy she wasn’t a killer, the video showed.
That was when Marion County Sheriff’s Property Crimes Detective Pamela Thomas arrived to back up Deputy Witte and she also ordered McGowan to drop the knife.
That distracted McGowan for a few seconds and bodycam video showed Deputy Witte took the opportunity to switch from his duty weapon to a Taser.
“Drop the knife now,” Deputy Witte ordered McGowan and then a second later, he deployed the Taser at the suspect, the video showed.
McGowan’s body went rigid and she fell backward after she was Tased, but she continued to hold the knife in her hand after she hit the ground, bodycam video showed.
Det. Thomas disarmed McGowan on the ground and the suspect began swearing at the deputies.
After McGowan was arrested, deputies learned she had ingested about four grams of methamphetamine earlier in the day, WWSB reported.
She was transported to the hospital for an evaluation and then released to the custody of the sheriff’s department.
McGowan was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, the New York Post reported.
She was held in custody in lieu of a $1,000 bond.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: