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By JENNIFER CABRERA/Alachua Chronicle

March 21, 2023 - ARCHER, Fla.– Jerrica LaShay Armstrong, 27, was arrested yesterday on a warrant for allegedly shooting at another woman on Saturday in Archer; an Alachua County Sheriff’s K-9 apprehended her after she was reportedly found hiding in the woods near her residence.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home in Archer Saturday night, where Armstrong’s on-and-off girlfriend reportedly told them that she and Armstrong had argued about breaking up and about upcoming depositions for pending charges of aggravated child abuse against Armstrong. A pre-trial release order in the child abuse case prohibits Armstrong from being at the home she shares with the victim and from possessing firearms.

Another adult in the home told deputies that she heard the two women arguing and heard Armstrong say, “Let something happen to me on Monday, I will kill you.”

During the argument, Armstrong allegedly battered the victim and broke several items in the house, so the victim told the other adult to take the children out to her car. Armstrong followed them outside and reportedly took a backpack from her own car; the victim reportedly said Armstrong is known to keep a handgun in the backpack. The other adult also saw Armstrong pick up the backpack, and she reportedly walked toward a neighbor’s house where she knew there was a camera.

As the victim drove away, both the victim and the other adult heard a single gunshot, although neither was looking at Armstrong at the time. No bullet holes were found on the victim’s vehicle.

Armstrong was charged via sworn complaint with domestic battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and tampering with a witness; Judge Lorelie Brannan issued a warrant for her arrest on March 19 with a bond amount of $125,000.

When deputies arrived at the residence with a K-9 yesterday evening, they reportedly made announcements at the front door, then searched the residence and did not find Armstrong inside. A K-9 reportedly located Armstrong hiding in the woods behind the house; she was reportedly challenged at gunpoint, but she allegedly ignored the announcements and fled toward other houses. She was apprehended by a K-9. She was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

Armstrong has one felony conviction (violent) and one misdemeanor conviction (not violent), along with the pending child abuse charges. Judge Walter Green set bail at $175,000 with a condition that she be fitted with an ankle monitor upon release.

ASO has released this video about the incident.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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