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A St. Louis police officer is recovering from a concussion after she was beaten with her own baton for telling a female customer to wear a face mask.

Police are still searching for the woman who beat the sheriff's deputy at a Shell station on North Tucker in downtown St. Louis on Christmas Day.

The altercation took place after the woman walked into the gas station with face mask in hand.

The 59-year-old deputy who was moonlighting as security asked the customer to put her mask on. Police say the woman became belligerent, fought with the deputy then beat the law enforcement officer about the head with her own baton.

Bystanders rushed over to help the wounded officer, who then used her baton to pummel the woman in her car before she managed to drive off.

Sheriff Vernon Betts said the deputy "performed admirably while injured and under duress. This incident points to the dangers law enforcement officers face every day."

Some states have mask mandates making it illegal to be in public without face masks or face coverings.
 

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Police in Smyrna, Tennessee are searching for a woman who is wanted for assaulting a police officer during a robbery.

Laquanashaneachia Leach is wanted for assaulting a police officer and a bystander after she was caught shoplifting at an Alta beauty supply store on Industrial Boulevard in Smyrna.

When police responded to a 911 call reporting a shoplifting in progress, Leach tried to leave the store.

She allegedly assaulted an officer and a passenger in a vehicle that was rammed by Leach fleeing in her car.

She was able to get away, but she will be charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, once count of an accident involving damage to a vehicle, and evading arrest by motor vehicle.

Anyone with information on Laquanashaneachia Leach's location is asked to call Smyrna PD Detective Allan Nabours at 615-267-5434.

Benjamin Marconi suspect

An intense manhunt is underway in San Antonio, Texas for a gunman who shot a San Antonio police detective in front of police headquarters on Sunday morning.

Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was ambushed and shot as he sat in his marked cruiser writing out a traffic ticket. He later died at a hospital.

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Ethan Couch

The feds have joined the hunt for missing 18-year-old Ethan Crouch who killed four people while driving drunk at age 16 in 2013.

Couch is 2 years into a 10-year probation sentence. He avoided jail time after his lawyers argued that his rich parents sheltered him and he didn't understand the consequences of his actions.

The controversial strategy was dubbed the "affluenza defense" by the news media.

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