Bizarre in the Boro: Fight broken up by ketchup

Jun 09, 2018 at 10:00 am by Michelle Willard

A Murfreesboro husband saved his wife from a knife attack with ketchup, according to an MPD incident report.

The victim, a 35-year-old Murfreesboro woman, was reportedly stabbed by her neighbor May 31.

The victim told police her neighbor, Shalonda Shepard, 27, of East Vine Street came to her door "screaming and cursing."

The victim answered the door while accompanied by her husband. Shepard "threw a bowl of sugar on them both," the report said.

Shepard then hit the victim and the women got into a fight that led into the parking lot.

"During the altercation, Ms. Shepard pulled out a steak knife and started to cut (the victim)," the report said.

The victim's husband presumably grabbed the closest weapon, which happened to be a bottle of ketchup, and ran outside to break up the fight. He "squirted (the ketchup) at Ms. Shepard, which caused her to stop stabbing his wife," the report said.

The ketchup made Shepard angry and the threatened the couple again but it did make her go home, probably to clean up.

According to the report, the victim was stabbed on her arm, back and stomach. She was treated at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and released.

Shepard was arrested but has since bonded out of the Rutherford County jail.

Busted truck abandoned in field

A Blackman man became suspicious of a truck that was parked in the field behind his house and reported it to police.

According to the report from May 31, the pickup truck, which had all its window broken out, four flat tires and sugar in the gas tank, had "been unoccupied for the past few days."

The complainant said he saw a middle-aged blond man in a "dust mask" running through the area carrying a red case the day before he called. He wasn't sure if the man and truck were connected.

Attempts to contact the registered owner were unsuccessful.

Michelle Willard is a freelance journalist who fills her days with social media marketing, politics, true crime, and taking complaints. You can complain to her on Twitter @MichWillard or by email michelle(at)

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