Police release dashcam video of three suspects attacking and strangling officer

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AURORA, IL – Back in June, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report of three suspects who were arrested for allegedly attacking and strangling an Aurora Police officer following a simple traffic stop.

Officials have since released the dashcam video from the June incident, affording further insight into the incident that escalated within moments after the officer exited his patrol vehicle.

During a press conference held on July 21st, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman shared additional details on a traffic stop that would’ve only resulted in a simple ticket “at most, but turned into an officer fighting for his life.”

Three people, identified as 24-year-old Jennifer Taylor, 26-year-old Sheba Taylor, and 28-year-old Paul Sherrod have since been indicted on attempted murder charges for the incident that played out during the evening of June 21st.

On June 21st at approximately 10:30 p.m., an officer pulled over a vehicle containing three passengers for running a stop sign near the intersection of Plum Street and Randall Road.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Sherrod, pulled into a driveway in the 600 block of N. Elmwood Drive and immediately started to curse at the officer.

Video shows the officer telling a female passenger to get back into the car after she’d exited the vehicle, which when the officer gave the command, Sherrod exits the vehicle and threatens to fight the officer.

The officer on scene then instructed the female passenger and Sherrod that they were both going to be placed under arrest for obstruction. Sherrod can be seen then running from the officer, away from the dashcam view, and the officer pursued the suspect.

Officials say that’s when two women followed the officer and attacked him from behind “with closed fists and kicking his body and head.” The officer said he could also hear Sherrod’s voice as he was “struck repeatedly in the head from several angles.”

One of the women involved allegedly tried strangling the officer during the incident, with police saying the suspect placed “a forearm around the officer’s neck and applied significant force to his windpipe, causing him to lose the ability to breathe.”

Video from the incident shows additional officers responding to the scene, helping take the three into custody.

Officials also shared a 911 call that came from Sherrod as the officer was about to pull him over, telling the 911 dispatcher repeatedly that he was going to “kill” the officer.

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The charges the trio are facing currently, which include attempted murder, are quite an upgrade from the original charges they were hit with back when they were arrested in June. 

As mentioned earlier, we at Law Enforcement Today first reported on this incident days after it transpired. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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AURORA, IL – Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the assault of an Aurora Police officer during a traffic stop that transpired earlier in June. Authorities say that the group assault on the police officer all stemmed from a traffic stop related to running a stop sign.

On June 21st at approximately 10:30 p.m., Aurora Police officer had observed a vehicle run a stop sign near the intersection of Plum Street and Randall Road.

The officer went to initiate a stop, and the driver of the vehicle pulled into a driveway located within the 600 block of N. Elmwood Drive and started to yell obscenities at the police officer.

During the traffic stop, authorities say that a female passenger had exited the vehicle, prompting the officer to instruct the woman to get back inside of the car. When the officer administered said commands to the female passenger, the male driver had exited the vehicle and threatened to fight the officer.

At this point, the officer informed both the female passenger and the male driver that they were under arrest for obstruction. The male driver had reportedly fled on foot from the scene, which then the officer pursued the suspect.

During this time, the defiant female passenger and another female passenger from the vehicle reportedly started to chase after the officer as the officer was chasing the male driver. Police say as the two female suspects ran after the officer, they began to attack the officer “with closed fists” while also “kicking his body and head.”

Officials say that the officer could hear the male suspect’s voice while he was “struck repeatedly in the head from several angles.”

One of the females involved in this attack had allegedly placed their “forearm around the officer’s neck and applied significant force to his windpipe, causing him to lose the ability to breathe.”

Luckily, additional officers had responded to the scene and placed all three suspects into custody.

Those arrested were identified as 24-year-old Jennifer Taylor, 26-year-old Sheba Taylor, and 28-year-old Paul Sherrod.

All three suspects were charged with aggravated battery of a police officer, aggravated battery via strangulation, aggravated battery, aggravated assault of a peace officer, and resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury.

Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin made the following statement regarding the arrest of the three suspects:

“This type of lawlessness and violence against our police officers cannot and will not be tolerated. This was an act of malice and cowardice and I will absolutely seek that the perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Let’s keep this officer in our prayers as the officer makes a full and complete recovery.”

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman also commented on the assault, expressing a sense of shock that a police officer would be attacked over a minor traffic infraction:

“I am at a loss of words when an officer is physically attacked from something that would have been a simple traffic ticket. We will not allow our city to become a place where criminals feel emboldened, and lawlessness ensues.”

Officials have not identified the officer injured during the encounter. 

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Earlier in July, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report of another incident involving officers being attacked while attempting to perform their duties. 

The incident, occurring in Portland, Maine, resulted in three officers being injured and two suspects – including a juvenile – being arrested. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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PORTLAND, ME – Earlier in July, three Portland Maine Police officers were injured while responding to a disturbance call that reportedly involved an armed felon that attacked arresting officers.

Furthermore, a press release from the Portland Maine Police Department noted that a “hostile” crowd had gathered around the officers enacting the arrest, with an additional suspect trying to fight the officers who were arresting the armed felon.

On July 11th at approximately 7:26 p.m., Portland Maine Police officers had responded to a reported disturbance ongoing along the block of 25 Preble Street. As responding officers were interviewing witnesses at the location, they happened upon a man later identified as 21-year-old Frederick Archer.

Officers claimed to have noticed a handgun tucked into Archer’s waistband, which the officers confirmed with dispatch that Archer it is a convicted felon and thus not permitted to own/handle a firearm.

According to the press release, a scuffle ensued once officers attempted to take Archer into custody:

“Officers quickly confiscated the weapon before Archer attempted to escape and resist officers’ attempts to make an arrest. Archer became assaultive and made several attempts to obtain officers’ firearms during the confrontation.

Archer punched, scratched, kicked and spit in officers’ faces and other parts of their body as he was being restrained and detained.”

As officers were working to get Archer detained, police say that “a crowd formed and acted hostile towards officers” and that a juvenile suspect started to provoke officers into engaging into a physical confrontation:

“A person in the crowd, a 17-year-old male of Portland, challenged officers to fight and acted aggressively. The suspect threw a metal container at the hood of a police vehicle, causing damage, and shoved an officer.”

Three officers were reportedly injured while arresting Archer, which they were treated and released at an area hospital following the arrest.

Archer was booked into the Cumberland County Jail under charges of felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of assault on a police officer, and a charge of assault and refusing to submit to arrest.

The 17-year-old male was arrested under charges of assault, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and criminal threatening. Police say that he was later released into the custody of a parent following the arrest.

Portland Maine Police Chief Frank Clark issued the following statement regarding the incident and arrests:

“We hold our officers to high standards and expect them to display professionalism, courtesy and compassion during their interactions with the public. It is not too much to expect the same level of decency in return, so that everyone involved in an interaction goes home safely to their family.”

“There is a single common denominator during incidents in which force is used by police, that is that someone is being resistive, assaultive, or displaying active aggression or life threatening actions towards our officers or members of the public.”

“Our officers are trained to assess these threats, and then react and respond accordingly. I would expect them to do nothing less. I am asking those hiding in the shadows to cease the random, cowardly and unwarranted violence against our police officers. Portland is better than that.”

Mayor Kate Snyder also shared a statement admonishing the actions of the hostile crowd that had gathered and complicated the arrest of an armed felon, saying:

“Violence is never an appropriate response. And violence aimed at those who are on the front line ensuring all of our safety is reprehensible. Members of the Portland Police Department deserve our support and respect. They have mine.”

City Manager Jon Jennings noted the following about the incident:

“The attacks on our police officers are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We have one of the best police departments in the entire country and they deserve this community’s respect. I want to thank each and every one of them for their service.”

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