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Woman Commands Pit Bulls to Attack Deputy During Investigation

BROOKSVILLE – Deputies responded to the Racetrac Gas Station on Cortez Blvd (near I-75) Tuesday night, after store employees reported that a woman was acting irrational and was possibly intoxicated. Upon arrival, Deputy Luke Phelan observed the woman standing on the west side of the parking lot, but she fled on foot before he could make contact with her.

Deputy Phelan began searching for the woman, but when he entered the wooded area, two aggressive Pit Bulls confront him.

Eventually, the woman was captured near the interstate and taken into protective custody under the Marchman Act. During questioning, the woman provided a false name and date of birth but through their investigation, she was identified as 25-year-old Jennifer Mary Webber.

While sitting in the patrol car, Webber asked what was going to happen to her Pit Bulls. Deputy Phelan asked Webber to call the dogs over, so he could secure them until Animal Services arrived on the scene. As the dogs came closer, Webber began screaming for help and commanding the dogs to attack the Deputy Phelan. The dogs obeyed her commands and began barking, growling and acting aggressive towards the deputy, so he place her head back inside the patrol car and rolled up the window.

Due to her actions, Webber was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and providing False Identification. She remains behind bars – held on a $500 bond. 

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