2 Indicted in Assault of Cincinnati Police Officers

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced indictments for two people accused of assaulting two Cincinnati police officers on November 29.

Derrick Owens, 26, is charged with one count of felonious assault, two counts of robbery and two counts of assault on a police officer.

Shaunice Dickerson, 26, is charged with one count of felonious assault and two counts of assault on a police officer.

Both could face up to 16 years in prison if convicted.

Officers Karoline Harris and Cary Jodice responded to a 911 call for an assault by a male konwn to carry a gun at 2459 Nottingham Road in the Villages of Roll Hills.

Officer Harris went to the front door and Officer Jodice went to the back door.

Officer Harris had contact with the female 911 caller at the front door. She refused to answer direct questions from Officer Harris about the situation and the location of the people involved in the dispute.

At the rear of the residence, Officer Jodice had contact with Shaunice Dickerson. After Dickerson exited the residence, she struck Officer Jodice multiple times.

As Officer Jodice was attempting to arrest her for Assault on a Peace Officer, Derrick Owens came outside and got between the officer and Dickerson. Officer Harris responded to the rear of the residence to aid her partner.

Owens resisted arrest and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Owens took Officer Jodice’s taser and threw it on the ground.

Owens was also able to wrest control of Officer Harris’s taser but eventually dropped it as well. While the officers were attempting to subdue Owens, Dickerson struck Officer Jodice again in the face several times and Owens elbowed Officer Harris in the face.

Both Officers had previously attempted to tase and dry stun Owens, but it had no effect on him.

Both officers were injured as a result of this assault. Officer Jodice suffered a concussion. Officer Harris suffered a broken nose and a concussion. She will require future surgery to treat her broken nose.

Deters said that they will not accept any plea deal in the case.

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