A recent dispute between a mother and son led to damage, but only to a bedroom wall.
Woodbury Police officers Sgt. John House and Patrolman John Fesmire were called to 518 McFerrin St. on May 4 following a report of a domestic disturbance.
Upon arrival they spoke with Toni Ferrell, who said she had gotten into a heated argument with her son, Shane, and that he, along with his girlfriend, Carissa Judkins, had left the house just prior to the arrival of the officers.
Sgt. House left at that point to try and locate the vehicle containing both Shane and his girlfriend.
In the meantime Patrolman Fesmire filled out a domestic violence form based on the information provided by Toni Ferrell. He then started to leave the residence when Sgt. House notified him that he had stopped Shane’s vehicle.
Shane told Sgt. House that his mother produced a baseball bat at one point and that he took it from her and began hitting the walls in his bedroom.
Patrolman Fesmire returned to the residence and told Toni what her son had said to Sgt. House. Patrolman Fesmire asked to see Shane’s room. Toni began to cry and initially told the officer he could not see the room. After a few moments of telling her he only wanted to see the room to ascertain how much of her son’s story was true or not true, she agreed and walked Patrolman Fesmire to the room.
On the floor was a metal bat. There were multiple holes in the walls.
Toni stated she initially got the bat because she was mad her son was never working. She said she never intended to use it. She said Shane took it from her and began striking the walls.
Patrolman Fesmire then left and went to talk to Shane, who said his mother had gotten drunk, taken some pills, and started an argument with him. He said he struck the walls with the bat because he was angry. Shane said he and his girlfriend had left the house to end the argument.
Due to Toni Ferrell producing the bat into the situation, and Shane Ferrell using the bat, Patrolman Fesmire was unable to determine an aggressor and it appeared as though both parties were equally at fault. No arrests were made. Neither party wanted to press charges against the other.