'Six-minute melee' leaves two officers hospitalized after domestic violence call in Roll Hill

Posted at 12:42 PM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-30 00:08:50-05

A pair of officers investigating a report of domestic violence in the Villages of Roll Hill found themselves at the center of a “six-minute melee” Friday morning, Capt. Paul Broxterman said later that night.

When they arrived, the woman who had originally called 911 attacked them. Another suspect joined in, slamming a female officer’s head into a wall and stealing her stun-gun before he was overpowered and arrested.

Both officers would be hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after backup arrived.

“The female officer may have a broken nose,” Broxterman said. “We have to wait for the swelling to go down before it’s determined if she needs surgery or not.”

Twenty-six-year-old Shaunice Dickerson, the original 911 caller, stands charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Derrick Owens, also 26, faces charges of felonious assault on a police officer, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and robbery for taking the stun gun.

“They showed a lot of restraint,” Broxterman said. “This subject, especially when the female officer was struck several times, she showed a lot of restraint in keeping him contained until backup officers arrived.”

According to Broxterman, it’s not uncommon for domestic violence calls to end in violence toward officers. Sometimes the perpetrator attacks officers for interfering; less frequently, the person who called police turns on them after realizing the perpetrator will go to jail.

“Anytime we’re involved in a family trouble, domestic violence situations, they’re very dangerous for the officers,” he said.