BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Two Brevard County sheriff’s deputies were hospitalized Tuesday after they were bludgeoned by a man while investigating a domestic disturbance call, investigators said.
When Deputy Michael Hriciso and Deputy Maria Skinner arrived at a home on Pineapple Avenue in Mims at about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, they heard a man and woman screaming at each other in the back of the home, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said during a press conference.
The man and woman were identified as Courtney Johnson and Skylar Francis, both 22 years old.
“(The deputies) tried to separate the two and as they did, the white male suspect pulled out a collapsible baton and started striking one of our deputies,” Ivey said.
Hriciso fell to the ground as Francis continued to beat him on the head, reports said.
Skinner was struck in the head as she bent down to try to help Hriciso, but should be OK, Ivey said.
“She is doing fine,” he said. “We expect a full recovery.”
Hriciso suffered much more serious injuries than Skinner and had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter.
He is also expected to fully recover.
The deputies were able to take the two suspects into custody despite their injuries, Ivey said.
Skinner and Hriciso are both longtime veterans with the department.
Domestic violence calls can involve very tense situations, he said.
“It is certainly one of the most precarious types of calls we go on,” Ivey said.
Francis was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Johnson, 22, was charged with resisting arrest without violence. Deputies said she tried to interfere with Francis’ arrest.
She is being held on a $500 bond while Johnson was denied bond.
An investigation into the attack is ongoing.
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