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Off-duty Florida Patrol Officer attacked, one person arrested

Posted at 1:39 PM, May 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-27 08:43:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- An off-duty Florida Highway Patrol trooper was attacked and one person was arrested Thursday, said Tallahassee Police.

Police were called out to an apartment complex on W. Tharpe Street when Trooper Dennis Gallo said that a man was standing on the hood of his car saying, " I know you've been watching me, and you know who I am."

According to court documents, Gallo said that he did not know the suspect, Sherlin Herard. However, someone was leaving threatening post-it notes on Gallo's patrol car. Herard admitted to leaving all the notes, according to court documents.

As the officer went back inside his apartment, Herard jumped back on the car and yelled, "come move me." Court document show that Gallo then radioed dispatch for help with the suspect. 

Herard walked up to the trooper and shoved him and started punching Gallo several times, said police. During the fight, court documents say, that Herard tried to grab the officer's gun and it went off. The bullet shattered the window on the patrol car, but nobody was hit.

During the fight, Gallo said he remembered biting the suspect who was repeatedly punching him.

Gallo sustained minor lacerations to the face and was swollen from being hit so many times. He also had several cuts and bruises on his hands and arms. Gallo was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Police were able to arrest Herard.

According to TPD, Herard was suffering from some mental illnesses and has been described  paranoid and delusional