Police: Phoenix officers accused of pepper spraying homeless woman indicted

Posted at 10:08 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 01:44:58-04

A couple of Phoenix police officers are being indicted on unknown charges after being accused of using excessive force last year.

Officials said on May 24, 2015, Officers Christopher Tiona and Logan Egnor responded to a trespassing report.

When the officers arrived, they spotted a homeless woman who was believed to have been sleeping on the property near 31st Avenue and McDowell Road.

Police body camera footage recorded the officers attending to coax the woman off the property. The incident led to a minutes-long confrontation between the woman and two officers.

While the woman was yelling obscenities at the officers, Egnor allegedly responded by pepper spraying her, according to police reports. 

A Phoenix police investigator recommended that each officer be charged with a felony for allegedly changing the timeline of events in their report. Egnor was also recommended to be charged with a misdemeanor assault for pepper spraying the woman.

A Phoenix police spokesperson said the officers are still employed but currently on administrative leave pending the investigation.