ATOKA, Okla. (KXII) - Just moments before an officer involved assault was caught on video, Atoka police officers said Natalie Lemons was fired from her job at the McDonald's on Highway 69-75 and Mississippi. Police said someone reported Lemons was yelling, harassing customers, and they needed help from police removing her from the property.
"Police were asked to escort the suspect from the property, (and) while doing so, the suspect became very belligerent, and combative" said Atoka Police Dept. Capt. Brian Snead.
The video was taken by a bystander who was across the street when it happened. The video shows Lemons grabbing one of the officers, before punching him multiple times in the face. At one point, an officer holds out his taser gun, but officers said he never pulled the trigger.
"The suspect was subdued with OC spray, also known as pepper spray," said Capt. Snead. Snead said his officers did what they needed to do to restrain Lemons. She was taken to the Atoka County Jail, and charged with two counts of aggravated assault of an officer. The officer with whom Lemons was violent with was not seriously injured.
"Yes he's fine, he's been in law enforcement many, many years, so he's dealt with this kind of suspect many many times."
McDonald's responded with a statement from the franchise owner, Ryan Thorley, saying "The safety and security of our customers and employees is of the utmost importance. We appreciate the police officers involved who helped to ensure our customers and employees remained safe."