BY KEN LITTLE
A scalpel-waving woman injured one nurse and attempted to cut three others Monday afternoon at the Greene County Health Department before being forcibly taken into custody by Greeneville police.
Charged with four counts of aggravated assault and one count each of felony evading arrest and felony resisting arrest is Jada M. Short, 30, of 106 Plainview Heights Circle.
Police received a call about 2:15 p.m. Monday about a person at the health department, at 810 W. Church St., "that had scalpels and was attempting to slash several nurses."
On arrival, officers found Short sitting in a Chevrolet Lumina "holding two scalpels," Officer Clifford Lawing said in a report.
She was ordered to drop the scalpels and "after a minute or two, the defendant complied," the report said.
Short got out of the car and officers attempted to take her into custody.
"[She] drew back a fist at which time she was Tazed," the report said.
Short continued to resist arrest "and had to be forced to the ground and physical force was used as necessary to take the defendant into custody," the report said.
Earlier, Capt. Teddy Lawing attempted to take Short into custody by activating the blue lights and sirens on his patrol vehicle "and the defendant sped off, crossing a grass island in the parking lot," the report said.
Short drove down a dead-end road and was stopped by other officers responding to the scene, the report said.
Before officers arrived, four nurses inside the health department "were threatened with the scalpels by the defendant," the report said.
Short attempted to stab several of the nurses "and was blocked by the victim(s)," the report said.
One nurse was cut on the left wrist by Short with a scalpel as she was "attempting to stab the victim," the report said. The nurse, who was treated for her injuries at the health department, "was blocked by the victim" who made several attempts to stab her, the report said.
Bond for Short was set at $111,000. She is scheduled to appear Wednesday in General Sessions Court.
Short remains held in the Greene County Detention Center.
Police Chief Terry Cannon said today it is fortunate that the victims, or Short, did not suffer more serious injuries.
"It is a wonder that she didn't hurt somebody bad and I'm thankful we didn't have to hurt her bad," he said. "Those scalpels can really cut you."
Short has not been cooperative with authorities. She hasn't discussed her motive for the scalpel attacks.
"They said [at the jail] she wasn't making a lot of sense," police Assistant Chief Craig Fillers said today.