Woman accused of swinging a knife at Pinehurst police chief

Sally Tootle (Photo by the Orange County Sheriff's Office)

A 37-year-old woman was arrested in Pinehurst on Thursday after police say she swung a knife at the police chief and assaulted another officer while they investigated a trespassing call.

Police say Sally Tootle entered a man's home in the 4000 block of W. Park around 4:50 p.m. The homeowner told police that Tootle walked upstairs, entered a bedroom, laid on the bed and refused to leave.

Pinehurst Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer III responded to the scene with Officer K. Norton and they tried to convince the woman to leave.

According to Hanauer, Tootle at some point said, "Don't touch me, I will slice both of you up right now." Hanauer says he tried to take Tootle into custody by pulling her from the bed, but she swung the knife in his direction.

The chief was able to avoid the contact with the weapon and Norton deployed his Taser, hitting Tootle in the leg and abdomen. That's when police say she threw the knife at Norton.

Officers were able to subdue her at this point, Hanauer said.

Tootle was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault and criminal trespassing. Her bonds total $42,000.

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