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Police: Woman swings machete at 3 TPD officers

Posted at 5:45 PM, May 09, 2016

A Tampa woman is in jail for swinging an 18-inch machete at three police officers, police said.

Police say they were responding to an "ongoing domestic dispute" when 50-year-old Catherine Jubert grabbed the machete. Police eventually used a Taser to take Jubert to the ground.

"They (the police) just basically kept saying over and over again, 'Ma'am don't do it, don't do it.' That's when you heard the scream and it was dead silence after that," said one neighbor, who wished to stay anonymous.

Police responded to the home about midnight on Sunday.

Jubert and the man she was living with were in an argument. Officers say they were just standing by while Jubert loaded her vehicle with clothes to move out of the home. While she was loading up, she threw a battery charger at the man. The charger cut his face.

"They went to take her into custody, but she was able to dash back into the house." Lt. Michael Stout said.

Police followed her inside. That's when they found her with the machete. She was screaming threats while she was swinging the weapon, according to police.

"Our officers did exactly what they're trained to do. They took cover, kept dialog with her, and got into position to use the (Taser)." Lt. Stout said.

Stout said it could have been much worse.

"When you arm yourself with a weapon and charge at police it's generally a justifiable shooting scenario," he said.