Former officer charged in assault incident

Published 12:01 am Sunday, September 30, 2018

NATCHEZ — A former law enforcement officer of the Natchez Police Department and other agencies was arrested Thursday afternoon on four warrants dating back to an Aug. 24 assault and burglary incident.

NPD Capt. Tom McGehee said officers arrested Adrian Shantell Shorter, 31, approximately 2 p.m. Thursday in front of 114 Rembert St.

Shorter’s warrants were issued on Sept. 7, McGehee said, after she allegedly broke into the residence of Natasha Johnson at 201 Lumber St., Apt. 402 on Aug. 24.

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Shorter allegedly forced entry into the house and hit Johnson in the face with a closed fist, McGehee said. Johnson pushed Shorter out of the residence and closed the door when Shorter allegedly broke a window, re-entered and continued to beat Johnson inside the residence while Johnson was holding her child, McGehee said.

Johnson shut herself and her child in the residence with Shorter outside when Shorter allegedly fired two rounds at the house, McGehee said.

The relationship between Johnson and Shorter prior to the incident is unclear, McGehee said.

Shorter was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary of a house or dwelling and child abuse or battery causing serious bodily harm. She was held at the Adams County Jail with bonds totalling $270,500 as of Friday afternoon with a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 9.

Shorter was a former employee of the Natchez Police Department from July 2009, until her resignation in Sept. 2014, McGehee said, and had also been employed by Hinds County Sheriff’s Office from Nov. 2014 to Jan. 2015 and the Jackson Police Department from April 2015 to August 2015.

She returned to work at Ferriday Police Department in September 2016, after 13 months of unemployment, McGehee said.

Shorter had been employed by FPD until at least June 2017, and beyond, McGehee said.