A 28-year-old woman was arrested and jailed on assault-related charges for allegedly kicking a city police officer in the stomach Wednesday morning while police were investigating a report of shots fired inside 405 High St.
Sadeeka Harris, of 653 Hepburn St., has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
Harris is accused of assaulting Agent Eric D. Delker, one of more than a half a dozen officers who rushed to the High Street neighborhood to investigate the report of gunfire about 9:15 a.m.
It turned out that the report was unfounded.
At least four people immediately were handcuffed and secured on the sidewalk as officers conducted "a safety sweep" of the house to see if more people were hiding inside, Delker said in an affidavit.
"The scene was very fluid and unstable," Delker said.
Harris was leaving the house as officers were arriving, Delker said. "She had not been placed in handcuffs, but was told to wait nearby until the situation became manageable," the officer said.
An unattended vehicle, with its engine running, was parked in front of the house. Harris claimed the vehicle was hers, it was not, and repeatedly asked officers if she could turn off the ignition, Delker said.
"She was told she was not allowed access to the vehicle until we figured out what was going on," Delker said. The woman also was told that police would not shut the engine off for her.
Harris "repeatedly demanded that the vehicle be turned off or police would pay for her gas. Her voice became louder, and her demands and presence became distracting and potentially unsafe for officers," Delker said.
After refusing repeated orders from police to step away, Harris was told she was under arrest, Delker said.
"She began struggling and pulling away when two officers took her into custody," Delker said. During the struggle, Harris kicked Delker in the stomach, police alleged in court documents.
Delker said investigators believed she was at the house "to buy drugs."
Following her arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, Harris was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Police determined that the vehicle was actually owned by another woman at the scene, who cooperated by following officers' instructions to stay back. After the scene was controlled, the vehicle's owner was free to leave.