News and Tribune

September 25, 2013

Man assaults girl, NAPD officers

Strikes officers while wearing a cast, spits on another


NEW ALBANY — A teenager is facing five felony charges after assaulting two New Albany police officers and a juvenile female, as well as spitting on another officer on Friday.

Shemar Shackleford, 18, Carver Street in New Albany, is in the Floyd County Jail under a $100,000 court-cash bond following the incident.

Two NAPD police officers responded to a battery call at a home on East Market Street about 11 p.m. and entered the home after finding a door that appeared to be kicked in.

Police went further into the home after hearing yelling from a back bedroom and heard the sound of someone being smacked.

“I entered the room and Shemar Shackleford immediately punched me in the face and nose area with his hand that was covered by a cast,” the officer stated in the police report.

Shackleford was then taken to the ground by two officers. Shackleford refused to cooperate with police and kept his arms pinned under his body, leading one of the officers to believe he may have been attempting to retrieve a weapon.

After attempts to subdue Shackleford were unsuccessful, police used a Taser gun. But it had only a limited effect, as Shackleford was able to “spin free and started punching,” according to the report.

A second officer then was hit in the side of the head by a swing of Shackleford’s arm cast. An officer was able to gain control of Shackleford, but could not place handcuffs on him because of the cast.

“I had to maintain this position for some time while we got shackles from the jail,” the officer reported.

As zip tie restraints were being placed on Shackleford, he spat on the pants of a third officer.

When Shackleford was being escorted outside of the home to a patrol car, he continued to resist the officers, who had to stop several times to keep from falling onto the ground.

“We arrived at my vehicle, and multiple people began surrounding us, yelling,” according to the report. “I knew that the quicker we got [Shackleford] to the jail, the quicker we could diffuse the situation.”

After Shackleford had been taken to the Floyd County Jail, an officer went to the hospital and spoke with three people who had been at the East Market Street home when police arrived. Two of those people reported that Shackleford had come to the home drunk, fallen asleep, woke up and started to roughhouse with an 18-year-old woman, who said she had to hit him to get him to stop.

A 17-year-old girl told Shackleford to leave her home several times, but he refused.

The two witnesses told the officer that he then turned his anger toward the girl and forcefully shoved her back, causing her to hit her head on a door jamb.

Shackleford then stepped outside of the home, when one of the witnesses locked the door. Moments later, he kicked in the door and went inside, police were told.

Shackleford then cornered the 17- and 18-year-old females in a bedroom and pinned one of them against a wall, police reported.

Witnesses reported police then entered the bedroom, where Shackleford attacked the officer.

Shackleford has been charged in a Floyd County court with battery committed by means of a deadly weapon or resulting in serious injury, a class C felony; two counts class D felony battery resulting in bodily injury to a law enforcement officer; class D felony battery by bodily waste to a law enforcement officer; residential entry, a class D felony; and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.

If found guilty on the charges, Shackleford could be sentenced up to 20 years in state prison.