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ONLY ON 3: Columbus Co. detention officer under investigation after fight over poker machine

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A fight over a video poker machine has turned into an internal affairs investigation at the Columbus County Sheriff's Office.

Monica Stribling often stops by the Corner Store in Cerro Gordo to play video poker. She says detention officer Lt. Clementine Thompson is also a regular customer. On February 17 things got tense between the two women.

"Clementine was standing at the entrance to the door, and she asked me was I playing the machine, and I told her no, but I was going to play," Stribling said. "And she said, 'Well, it looks like you need to put your damn money in the machine,' and I told her, 'When I get damn ready, I will.'"

Stribling says she refused to move, so Lt. Thompson began reaching around her to play. That did not last long.

"She went from the bottom of the stool and tried to snatch me out the stool, and thank God, 'cause I caught myself on the machine to keep from falling," Stribling said. "I fell on my back, and Clementine got on top of me and started beating me in my face."

Two days later, Stribling went to the hospital for a concussion and bruises. She also filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Office against Lt. Thompson.

We contacted Sheriff Chris Batten about these allegations made against one of his detention officers. He was not in the office, but told us an internal investigation is underway.

"We may have to do multiple interviews with the same people if conflicting statements arise," Batten said during a phone interview. "We just have to go through the process and see what takes place."

Meanwhile, Stribling faces charges for injury to personal property, because Lt. Thompson's glasses got broken during the fight.

Stribling's court appearance is Friday. She also plans to take a warrant out against Lt. Thompson for assault.

Thompson told us she was advised not to speak about the fight.

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THIS LADY IS LYING I WAS

THIS LADY IS LYING I WAS THERE EVENTHOUGH SHES A CRACKHEAD SHE STILL HUMAN BUT SHE SHOULDNT LIE ON THE OFFICER JUST BECAUSE SHES AN OFFICER AND SET OUT TO GET HER FIRED. YOU CAN LOOK AT THE LADY ON THE NEWS AND TELLL SHE HAS PROBLEMS. SO DONT ACT SO QUICK UNTIL YOU HEAR THE WHOLE STORY I WONDER WILL THE NEWS POST THAT SHE WAS LYING ABOUT THE WHOLE SITUATION (NOT)

I live how all of you jump

I live how all of you jump to conclusions ...before you pass any judgement why not wait till you hear the other side? I guess if the deputy came forward first you guys would have believed her? Yeah right, but seeing your comments LEO is wrong no matter what is said

This is so sad.

It amazes me that two grown adults result to fighting over something so stupid. It just seems like such a silly reason for this immaturity. Its just a sweepstakes machine, people. Either grow up or stop existing.

What a stupid thing to

What a stupid thing to jeopardize your job over.

TRUTH

HOW CAN YOU PUT UR JOB AT RISK FOR DEFENDING YOURSELF OFFICERS ARE STILL HUMAN AND DESERVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES THIS WOMAN IS VERY JEALOUS OF THAT WOMAN AND I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT. SHE HIT THAT OFFICER FIRST AND GOT HER ASS BEAT AND COULDNT TAKE DEFEAT THATS ALL IT WAS. IF SHE HAD WON THE FIGHT THEN NOTHING WOULD HAVE BEEN SAID OR BROACASTED. LEAVE THAT OFFICER ALONE IF YOU WANNA DO SOMETHING SEND THAT CRACKHEAD TO REHAB

AS USUAL

Another THUG with a badge....

Not a Deputy

This person is not a sworn officer. This person is a civilian hired to work in the Jail. She has no arrest authority and can not enforce the law. Instead of wasting her money on gambling she needs to be doing her job or maybe she needs to lose her job and gamble for money.

Another I hate police

Another I hate police comment from ilm.

Can you say

Ghetto? I knew you could.

A real professional. Maybe

A real professional. Maybe she should apply in Leland also.

she is a real professional

she is a real professional who ran into a crack head lier and th media was so happy to get a story about an officer they just jumped at it and ran with it. i was there and that woman is lying about the whole story and i will testify in court. you dont beleive everything you hear.

i love the name...Clementine

i love the name...Clementine

This officer would fit right

This officer would fit right in with the Tabor City Police Dept. Another with a badge willing to kick ass, then take names later.