A councilwoman from the Pittsburgh suburb of Bellevue faces charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest after police said she punched a police officer in the back of the head during a stabbing investigation in her home over the weekend.
What are the details?
Officers were called around 3:47 a.m. Saturday to Sumner Avenue in Bellevue over reports of a man who had stabbed himself, WXPI-TV reported.
Arriving police told the station they found John Miller standing in the home's doorway with a towel wrapped around his right leg; police said he was bleeding on the floor.
One officer who entered the home's kitchen to further investigate found two knives and puddles of blood on the floor, WXPI said. That officer met Bellevue Borough councilwoman Sabreena Miller near the bathroom, the station said.
That officer said she came at him, told him to get out of her house, and asked why he was there, WXPI said, citing police documents
The officer told her that he was called there and said her husband was bleeding from a stab wound at the front door, the station reported. The officer also said he smelled alcohol on Sabreena Miller’s breath as she began to push him and scream at him that he had no right to be there, WXPI added.
Police also noticed there were scratch marks on her neck, the station said.
What happened next?
Sabreena Miller allegedly punched the officer in the back of the head, WTAE-TV reported, adding that a criminal complaint indicates she and police struggled before she was handcuffed and arrested. Court documents said both officers were required to secure and arrest her, WXPI reported.
Sabreena Miller is being held at Allegheny County Jail and faces charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest, WXPI reported, adding that John Miller faces simple assault charges due to the scratches on his wife’s neck.
Bellevue Borough Council's solicitor told WTAE the council can’t comment on criminal investigations.
Kathy Coder, a former colleague of the 29-year-old councilwoman, shared the following statement with WTAE: "I am saddened to hear about Sabreena’s behavior and the altercation. Sabreena is a talented young woman who has been highly engaged in the community and has made many positive contributions to Bellevue. Hopefully, she and John will use this as a learning experience and will seek help, as needed, so these types of issues will not plague them and impede their bright future. Many people believe in them and will always be there to support them."
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