HCSO deputy injured in run-in with 3 people at local park


“A Braselton woman and two juveniles face charges in an incident that sent a Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputy to the hospital this past week.

The deputy was conducting a routine check at Laurel Park on Old Cleveland Road around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. During his patrol, he noticed a 12-year-old male juvenile standing alone near a vehicle. When he asked the juvenile what he was doing, the juvenile said he was with three other people, who were in one of the park bathrooms.

When the deputy investigated further, he found Jacqueline Alyssa McPherson, 23, a 15-year-old female juvenile and a 15-year-old male juvenile smoking marijuana in a bathroom. As the deputy attempted to place the female juvenile in custody, she struck the deputy. The 15-year-old male juvenile then intervened and pushed the deputy. During the altercation, the female juvenile kicked the deputy several times, striking him in the elbow and causing an injury that required medical attention at the hospital.

Other deputies arrived at the scene to assist. They recovered marijuana, a THC vape and drug paraphernalia at the scene.

McPherson was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor (two felony counts), felony possession of a THC vape pen and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The two 15-year-olds were taken into juvenile custody and face charges of felony obstruction of an officer. The 12-year-old was released to a guardian.

The deputy is expected to make a full recovery. He had not returned to duty as of Monday afternoon.”