Gibson indicted on four charges

Published 9:59 am Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WINTON –  A Virginia woman accused of attempting to run over a Murfreesboro Police officer with her vehicle now sees the criminal case against her bound over for Superior Court.

Martha Gibson, 45, of Courtland, Va. was indicted Tuesday on four charges by a Hertford County Grand Jury. Gibson stands charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault on a government official, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor infractions of simple assault and communicating threats.

Gibson was arrested and jailed under a $500,000 secured bond following a July 11 incident in Murfreesboro where an apparent dispute among family members on Sunday spilled onto the street. There, a Murfreesboro Police officer was forced to fire two shots at a tire on the vehicle Gibson was operating after he was nearly run over on several occasions.

Officer Donald Cuff responded to the Broad Street disturbance. That’s where Gibson was seen inside a parked van. As Cuff approached the front of the vehicle, Gibson allegedly began to steer the vehicle in his direction. Cuff stepped out of the way and drew his weapon, ordering the driver to stop. The vehicle did stop, but the driver, on two more occasions, refused to follow the Cuff’s repeated requests and steered the vehicle again at the officer.

On the third attempt, Officer Cuff, as he was moving out of the way of the oncoming van, fired two shots, both at the right front tire of the vehicle. The van continued to travel approximately 100 yards after that point, with Officer Cuff in pursuit on foot.

However, the incident took another twist after the van finally stopped.

“The driver exited the van and faced Officer Cuff, asking him to shoot her,” Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe said in a July 15 article published in this newspaper. “At that point, Officer Cuff noted that the woman was not armed. He holstered his weapon and drew his tazer, using that to subdue the driver.”

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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