Former Polk County sheriff's civilian detention clerk arrested for filing a false police report

Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 15:42:10-05

A former Polk County Sheriff's Office civilian detention clerk has been arrested for filing a false report to law enforcement, authorities said. 

Deputies arrested 31-year-old Lindsey Shinall of Winter Haven on Tuesday, a Polk County Sheriff's Office report said. 

Shinall told authorities  she was battered  by a firearms instructor assigned to the Polk State College Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety law enforcement academy during a firearms  training class. 

According to an affidavit Tuesday, Shinall alleged during the course of receiving instruction, a firearms instructor intentionally slapped her in the back of the neck with an open hand against her will. 

Four other recruits and three other firearms instructors were present at the time. All seven people were interviewed, and none of them saw the firearms instructor hit Shinall, the report said. 

Polk sheriff's detectives interviewed Shinall based on her battery allegations. 

According to the report, Shinall said she did not tell the truth about the incident because she was upset with the firearms instructor and she was not battered by anyone.

Shinall was hired by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in July 2016 as a detention support specialist, working in the South County Jail in Frostproof. She resigned her job Wednesday, Feb. 22. She was paid an hourly rate of $17.89.