Catrela Denise Stallworth: Okeechobee woman accused of pointing gun at sheriff's deputies

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. - An Okeechobee County woman has been arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at deputies outside her home.

The incident happened on Friday, Oct. 25, after Okeechobee deputies responded to a complaint that a neighbor was shooting stray cats.

According to a release from the sheriff's office, when deputies knocked on the front door of the residence on Highway 98 North, a female voice asked, "Who is it?" When a deputy responded "Sheriff's Office," the woman inside would not open the door.

Two deputies then went to the rear of the apartment while another remained at the front door. Soon after, the front door flew open and Catrela Denise Stallworth, 33, emerged pointing a black semi-automatic pistol at a deputy and "blurted out an obscenity at the deputies."

All three deputies drew their guns and ordered Stallworth to drop the weapon. Stallworth then tossed the gun inside the home and was arrested.

Sheriff Paul C. May said, "This is about as close as it could be to an Officer being shot or having to shoot someone. I am very glad that neither one happened and I am glad no one got hurt."

Stallworth was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and later released after posting $7,500 bond.

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