Woman arrested for challenging correctional deputies to a duel | Crime
A woman faces two counts of harassment after challenging two corrections deputies outside Spokane County Jail to a duel on August 22.
Around 10 p.m., a woman, later identified as Carey C. Sterling, 45, approached deputies on the western side of the jail waving her arms in the air and shouted: “Hey, yo, I’ve got a loaded 9mm. I challenge you to a duel.”
Both Deputy Fred M. Bozanich and Ryan N. Grooms explained in an affidavit of facts they retreated inside the jail in fear of their lives after taking Sterling’s death threat seriously.
Multiple officers with Spokane Police responded to the area within minutes for a “person with a weapon” call after Deputy Bozanich called for assistance.
Sterling was tracked to the nearby Charlie’s Bar, located at Monroe and Broadway, where Officer Cory Lyons developed probable cause to arrest her. It was determined she was not armed though she earlier claimed to be carrying a loaded 9mm pistol.
At the time of arrest, she was booked on possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), but that charge was dropped due to the lack of probable cause.
Sterling was booked into Spokane County Jail where she remains in custody. Her trial date has been scheduled for late October.