Police: Bayonne man pepper sprayed for trying to fight cops after drug store incident

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A Bayonne man tried to fight local police officers yesterday, resulting in him being pepper sprayed, after being kicked out of a drug store he had robbed in the past, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Terrence Sheppard, 42, of Bayonne, was charged with aggravated assault, according to Police Lt. Eric Amato.

Sheppard was taken into custody at approximately 1:45 p.m. from the area of 21st Street and Broadway. Officers responded to Jerry’s Drugs, located at 455 Broadway, on a report of disturbance.

Officers spoke to employees of Jerry’s Drugs who stated that Sheppard had entered the store and requested to use the phone. Employees recognized him as the actor of a past robbery and demanded that he leave the store, authorities said.

After a brief verbal confrontation, Sheppard exited the store. When officers located him at 21st Street and Broadway, they attempted to speak with him about the incident.

At this time, Sheppard verbally threatened physical harm to the officer if the officer came any closer to him. When other officers arrived, Sheppard swung his closed fist at one of the officers but failed to make contact, police said.

Sheppard was subsequently pepper sprayed by the officer and taken into custody. No other injuries were reported, officials said.