At least one person facing felony charge after bleach thrown at Anderson police officers

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ANDERSON, Ind.-- Anderson police say a woman faces felony battery charges after two officers were doused in bleach.

On Sunday around 3:45 p.m., Anderson police responded to standby call at a home on Columbus Avenue to help a woman retrieve her belongings. Police say as soon as she started walking up to the home, arguments erupted among the people involved.

As the woman gathered her belongings, someone started throwing things out of the home. The officers were on the porch getting ready to take someone into custody when they were hit with bleach.

“I had trouble breathing, I couldn’t see, I had to keep blinking my eyes just to keep my focus,” Officer Spencer Pettit said.

Pettit says a man then reportedly tried to fight Officer Travis Thompson and pulled a woman back into the home. In the end, Pettit says they took two people inside the residence into custody and also arrested the person who they believe threw the bleach, identified as 18-year-old Dena Newson.

“I’ve been on the police department for over 11 years and I’ve never had anyone chemically attack me,” Thompson said.

The officers were hit in the face with bleach. Both were taken to the hospital, but were released and back at work Monday.

“That was a very scary situation. You know uniforms can be replaced but those guys can’t and their vision cannot obviously be replaced,” Anderson Police Chief Tony Watters said.

Newson faces two felony battery charges in the case. She was also charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief.

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