Zephyrhills woman arrested for Christmas night Tasing

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — A 29-year-old Zephyrhills woman has been arrested after allegedly using a stun gun on a woman who tried to hug her on Christmas night.

Deborah Downing has been jailed $15,510 bond. She is charged with aggravated battery, petty theft and violation of pretrial release. It's unclear if she already has an attorney.

According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Sheri Brennan was picking up a friend Dec. 25 when the incident occurred. Brennan's friend told investigators that she was shocked after trying to hug Downing and offer a holiday greeting. Brennan wasn't seriously injured.

Brennan told authorities that she had a rocky past with Downing, but thought the two had resolved their differences.

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