Woman tased, gassed by police in dispute over stolen dog

Police say it all started when a woman claimed a lost dog, then refused to give it back to its owners.

CENTRALIA, ILL. - A Centralia woman was shot with a stun gun and gassed in her home in an incident with police after she refused to return a lost dog Thursday morning.

According to a press release from the Centralia Police Department, Susan R. McGuire barricaded herself inside her home on the 300 block of South Walnut after police tried to find a dog reported stolen.

She was talking about the dog with police at her home, who had reason to believe McGuire had the dog. When officers tried to arrest her, she picked up a machete and moved toward the officers. They used a stun gun in an attempt restrain her, but she was able to run into a bedroom.

Centralia Police believed she had a gun, so they surrounded the house and requested help from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Special Response Team.

After trying to get McGuire out of the house, the special response team fired "chemical munitions" into the home. She still refused to come out of the house, so officers entered the home and took her into custody without additional incident.

She was charged with aggravated assault and is being held in the Marion County Jail.

Officers were granted a search warrant for the home, where they found the dog, a machete and two pellet guns.

The dog was safely returned to its owners.

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