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Georgia Woman Accused of Stabbing Police Officers With a Pen as They Rescued Her From Burning Church

A Georgia lady was arrested after she tried to stab cops with a pen as they rescued her from a burning church, the native sheriff’s workplace stated.

Dana Lawton, 33, faces quite a lot of costs after she allegedly broke into the Gainesville Seventh Day Adventist Church in Gainesville, roughly 60 miles north-east of Atlanta, earlier than setting the non secular constructing alight.

Police officers from Hall County Sheriff’s Office have been known as to the church following allegations of different offences, however needed to react shortly as soon as they noticed the constructing on Old Cornelia Highway up in flames.

A spokesperson for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office stated officers first requested Lawton to go away the billowing church voluntarily, however have been pressured to take motion when she refused. It was then that she attacked, authorities stated.

“(She) refused commands from deputies, who were forced to carry her out of the church because of fire and smoke in the room,” the spokesperson stated in a press release, reported the Gainesville Times.

She then allegedly tried to stab officers a number of occasions with an ink pen as they took her into custody exterior the church, the assertion added. Lawton can be accused of spitting at officers whereas they questioned her in a police automobile

“Fortunately, none of our folks were hurt,” stated Derreck Booth, an officer with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, reported the Springfield News-Sun.

Officers have been initially known as to the church on Sunday at about 9:50 p.m. following reviews of a close-by housebreaking on Pierce Road.

Lawton and one other man reportedly broke right into a storage shed to steal from it, however a close-by resident is claimed to have noticed the 2.

The man, who has not been formally recognized, is claimed to have taken off into the woods, whereas Lawton headed for the church.

She allegedly broke a glass door to realize entry and when inside, she is accused of beginning the hearth in a again room.

Georgia Woman Accused of Stabbing Police Officers With a Pen as They Rescued Her From Burning Church
Dana Lawton, 33, faces costs of housebreaking, obstruction and arson following a church fireplace in Gainesville, Georgia. Hall County Sheriff’s Office

It was not instantly clear how a lot injury the church suffered within the blaze.

“We’re still trying to figure out,” Pastor Juanfer Monsalve of the Gainesville Seventh Day Adventist Church informed native information shops. “There’s a lot of smoke so we’re cleaning.”

For now, he stated his ideas are with Lawton.

“It doesn’t sound like something normal,” he stated. “We’re just praying for her. Hopefully she gets the help that she needs.”

Lawton, who was not harm within the fireplace, now faces two costs of housebreaking, two costs of obstruction and one cost of first-degree arson, along with two probation violations for earlier drug offences. The different man continues to be at massive.

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