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A Billings woman accused of assaulting a police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in District Court.

Taneisha Jenee Tolan, 20, denied charges of assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.

Judge Russell Fagg continued Tolan’s $7,500 bond set in Justice Court, which she has since posted.

According to court documents, police were searching for suspects in the theft of beer from a truck outside Tiny’s Tavern, 323 N. 24th St., on March 25.

The investigation led them to a basement apartment on the 2300 block of Third Avenue North.

At the apartment, police officer Shaun Guardanapo first came in contact with Tyrell Tolan, then saw Taneisha Tolan sitting on the couch with her hand under a blanket. Both told the officer they didn’t know anything about the stolen beer.

Court documents said Guardanapo was unsure of his safety when Tolan refused to get off the couch and show her hands. The officer tried to grab Tolan’s arm as she pulled away. The officer tried again, and Tolan then grabbed Guardanapo.

Guardanapo said he felt the hood of his gun holster click open during the struggle. Two officers who came in to assist were able to get Tolan off the officer and place her under arrest.

Court documents say Guardanapo suffered a painful injury to his left shoulder from the struggle and was later taken to Billings Clinic to be checked out.

During a search of the apartment, officers found a third suspect, Tad Logan-Maxson, who told officers that he and Tyrell Tolan stole the beer.

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