OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office thansk everyone for their patience during the Crisis Negotiation Team call-out and temporary road closure of S.E. 28th St. in the Treasure Island area of Okeechobee earlier Wednesday afternoon.
This call originated as a possible hostage situation of a caregiver where a patient refused to allow the at-home care nurse to leave their home and threatened them with a firearm. As a precaution, deputies stopped traffic through the immediate area and secured property around the home.
A 36-year-old Okeechobee woman was taken into custody.
Deputies established quickly that no one was a hostage, only Williams was inside, and the nurse/possible victim had left home before calling 911.
The woman's brother arrived on the scene and calmed her enough to where law enforcement ultimately left without entering the room she was in, which could have escalated the situation.
Approximately an hour later, the woman's mother arrived on the scene, and during a fit of rage, the woman attacked and battered her mother.
Two deputies responded. As deputies entered the house, the woman saw them, ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and rushed toward the two deputies.
Due to the aggressive actions, an E.C.D., commonly called a Taser, was deployed to ensure the safety of the now attacking and combative woman and, of course, the security of the deputies.
In this case, the fast actions of our deputies to utilize a less-than-lethal option saved us from using lethal force.
Amanda Williams, 36, refused medical treatment on scene and was taken to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility for the charges of battery (domestic) and two counts aggravated assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.