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Like a Woman Scorned

Ouray County, Colo., Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Linnell was sent to confront Susan Skelton, 56, after her husband stopped by the sheriff’s office to complain she had hit him, beat him with a 2x4, and — when he jumped in his car to escape — threw the chunk of wood at him. The problem, according to the unnamed husband: “his decision to be honest about a marital issue in hopes of improving his relationship with his wife,” but that “backfired.” Unsurprisingly, “Skelton’s mood had not improved when Deputy arrived,” the resulting report notes. She allegedly admitted the 2x4 incident, and “I also tried to kick him in the nuts, but he turned around.” After that, “things kind of went downhill,” Sheriff Dominic “Junior” Mattivi said. “She didn’t want to go to jail.” It took two more officers to back Linnell up, and Skelton allegedly managed to bite one of the officer’s hands during the struggle to arrest her. “We told Susan you cannot bite a police officer,” Mattivi said, “and she said ‘Boo hoo, [expletive] liar.’” She was charged with second-degree assault as an act of domestic violence, first-degree assault on a peace officer, and resisting arrest. She faces several years in prison. (RC/Montrose Press) ...Boo hoo.
Original Publication Date: 01 November 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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