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Ocala woman charged with whacking man with her ‘big stick’

Jennifer Lynn Shipp

An Ocala woman was charged with simple battery after she allegedly struck a man with what she called her “big stick” during an argument.

Jennifer Lynn Shipp, 33, was the only person home when a Marion County sheriff’s deputy arrived. She was uncooperative and confrontational, and she refused to speak about the incident. Shipp kept repeating nothing happened and the deputy was wasting his time, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Another deputy spoke by phone with the victim, who said he was sitting on the couch when Shipp struck him hard on his left knee with a stick. The victim said Shipp referred to the stick as “her big stick,” and he said he had hidden it in a hall closet, the report said.

The deputies spoke again with Shipp, who said she had been in a verbal-only altercation with the victim and that they slept in separate rooms. She showed the deputies where the victim had slept and said the only time he was on the couch was at the beginning of the argument. Shipp said she didn’t have a stick, according to the report.

Shipp continued to say the deputy was wasting his time and that the victim had called for no reason. When the deputy asked to look in the closet for the stick, Shipp told him to get a warrant, the report said.

The victim arrived at the residence and the deputy was able to examine both of his knees. The victim’s left knee and the bottom of his kneecap were slightly swollen, consistent with his statement, according to the report.

The victim checked the hallway closet for the stick and said it was no longer where he placed it. He described the stick as a 3-foot-long wooden dowel that is about an inch in diameter. The victim again confirmed his statement that Shipp had struck him with it, the report said.

Shipp was released last Wednesday afternoon from the Marion County Jail on $500 bond. She’s due to appear in Marion County Court on Jan. 29 at 8 a.m.

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