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3 Officers nearly hurt after fight at St. Charles MMA event

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- Three St. Charles officers narrowly escaped injury after an argument at a mixed martial arts event spilled onto the parking lot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the argument broke out Saturday at the Family Arena.

During the event, 32-year-old Carla Garrett of East St. Louis and a man allegedly got into an argument with other crowd members at the MMA event.

When the two groups saw each other again the parking lot after the event, someone in the group said Garrett held up something metallic and threatened to kill them.

The other group believed it to be a gun and police who were working the event arrived on the scene of the argument.

Police say that when three officers tried to stop Garrett from leaving the parking lot, she accelerated her car at them.

Officers said Garrett drove toward them two separate times.

"If she's heading right towards them and they have no means to get out of the way, they're put in a deadly force situation, they can use deadly force to stop that vehicle," said Captain Dave Tieffenbrunn of St. Charles County Police. "We were very fortunate in that these officers had the ability to get out of the way and didn't have to shoot into the vehicle to stop the driver."

The officers were unhurt, though one allegedly rolled over the hood of Garrett's car, at which point she stopped the car.

Police did not find a weapon in a search and Garrett told police she pointed a metallic stiletto heel, not a gun.

Garrett is charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest. She is jailed on $50,000 cash-only bond.



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