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Woman tasered after threatening officers

A Dearing woman who threatened to hit two local law enforcement officers with a bat was shot multiple times by a taser on Tuesday, July 13 at a truck stop near Thomson.

The woman, identified as 38-year-old Paula Powell, of the 2700 block of Ellington Airline Road, was injured and subsequently was taken to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson, according to records filed by McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputies Marc Thompson and Jared Land.

Ms. Powell since has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, records show.

Deputy Land revealed in his report that he received a call from a dispatcher to respond to the Mountain Express Truck Stop at 2657 Cobbham Road about 8 p.m. in reference to a woman jumping on the hood of a vehicle in the parking lot. The woman also was swinging a baseball bat at people.

He said Ms. Powell was upset and crying when he saw her pick up a silver-colored bat. She later began swinging it.

"She took an offensive stance towards me while holding the bat," Deputy Land said. "I could hear her yelling at me as I sat in my patrol car; telling me she was going to mess me up if I got out of my car."

The deputy immediately called for backup.

Ms. Powell began walking back towards the business, yelling and screaming at people along the way. Deputy Land said he got out of his car and attempted to approach the woman again. He said his life was threatened once again.

Deputy Land said he pleaded with Ms. Powell to drop the bat and she later slung it to the ground. He later discovered that she had gotten into an argument with someone at the store and that she had not been taking her medication for several days.

Deputies Alan Baldwin and Thompson arrived to assist Deputy Land, who ended up deploying his taser. Deputy Baldwin also fired his taser. It wasn't until Deputy Thompson deployed his taser that Ms. Powell's threats toward the deputies ended.

Ms. Powell was injured when she struck the back of her head on the parking lot pavement. She was treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services.

Web posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010

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