Woman Uses Bees To Attack Police While Being Evicted

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Bees unleashed in attack on deputies during eviction enforcement, Hampden County sheriff says – WCVB Boston

Deputies were enforcing an eviction in central Massachusetts when a woman armed with a swarm of bees attacked them.

The Hampden County Sheriff’s Office said Rorie Susan Woods, 55, of Hadley, arrived in her SUV towing a flatbed with multiple manufactured bee hives and tried to open the lids to unleash the bees on the deputies.

Woods donned a beekeeper’s suit and tried to agitate the bees at the home to stop the eviction process, the sheriff said.

A Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the woman from smashing the lid of the hive. However, the bees swarmed the area and stung several officers and other bystanders.

Woods was arrested and is facing four counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

The Hampden County Sheriff’s Office said its Civil Process Division serves hundreds of eviction notices each year. “I’m just thankful no one died,” said Robert Hoffman, chief deputy of the Civil Process Division.

Sheriff Nick Cocchi said that he supports people’s right to protest peacefully, but when they cross the line and put his staff and the public in danger, they will be arrested.

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