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Affidavit: Woman taunted Rocky Ford officer after stabbing him

ROCKY FORD, Colo. - The 21-year-old woman in jail for allegedly stabbing a Rocky Ford police officer Tuesday followed him into a front yard with a large knife and shouted, "What are you going to do?" before sparing the officer's life and stealing his car.

New details about Tuesday's events were released in an arrest affidavit Wednesday. Shayanne Hope Maestas was arrested after a nearly 10-hour search following the stabbing. She was found with the stolen police cruiser about 20 miles south of Rocky Ford.

Officer Justin Bethel is currently recovering from his injury after receiving stitches to close the wound.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bethel was dispatched to Maestas' house on N. 11th Street for a welfare check on another member of the family. Bethel spoke with an older woman who answered the door, but that's when Maestas lunged at him with a knife.

Bethel says he pushed Maestas away and stepped back into the front yard, and he saw Maestas holding a knife that was about eight inches long. He felt blood from his neck and realized he had been cut, so he called for cover on his radio, according to the arrest affidavit.

Maestas continued after Bethel, according to the documents, and said comments like "What are you going to do?" and "Do something!" But then she went over to Bethel's patrol vehicle and attempted to get in.

Bethel says he's unsure how the car was unlocked, but Maestas was able to get inside and speed away. Inside the vehicle, she had access to police-issue firearms, including an AR-15 and a 12-gauge shotgun.

But according to the documents, Bethel said he was glad when Maestas fled because he believed she was going to kill him or that he would have to kill her.

Maestas was found shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday. She faces charges of criminal attempt, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, menacing, and theft.


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