Woman shot by Dare Deputy in March charged with assault with deadly weapon

By on May 6, 2024

While North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) continues its investigation into the March 17 shooting of a woman by a Dare County Sheriff’s Deputy in Colington, the woman in the incident has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the woman was brought back to Dare County on April 26 and served with that assault warrant. She is currently out on bond. The SBI confirmed her identity as Jennifer Leight Tesner.

As reported by the Dare County Sheriff’s office at the time, the incident unfolded on Sunday, March 17, at approximately 7 p.m. when the sheriff’s office responded to a call reporting the presence of a suspicious person in the area of Lake Court and Harbour Road in Colington, NC.

According to the sheriff’s department release, the caller stated there was a female with a knife on their property acting erratically. The responding deputy encountered the 49-year-old female walking down Harbour Road. The deputy made repeated attempts to talk to this individual; however, she would not comply with commands. At that point, the deputy deployed their taser and then fired their gun, striking the female. She was transported to The Outer Banks Hospital for care at the time.

As of Monday, May 6, the SBI reports that the investigation into the shooting by the Dare County Deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave, is still ongoing.



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  • Fred Miller

    So why is this deputy on ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE?

    Monday, May 6 @ 4:41 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    I believe it is standard procedure during the investigation of a shooting.

    Monday, May 6 @ 4:54 pm
  • RicknKDH

    “The deputy made repeated attempts to talk to this individual…” Any lawyer will tell you that you NEVER talk to police.

    Monday, May 6 @ 5:45 pm
  • Hmmm

    Nearly 2 months before assault charges filed…. sounds like a defensive move

    Tuesday, May 7 @ 9:01 am
  • Liz

    What you are suggesting is true when you are being questioned, interrogated, or have been read your rights. This does not apply when you are behaving erratically and waving a knife around, in public, and concerned neighbors have called police. This does not apply when you are a danger to yourself and others. The deputy was attempting to talk the woman down. Because of her mental state, it didn’t work. Should he have just shrugged, and let her go her way? Then what? And would you say the same thing if the woman had been waving a gun around?

    Tuesday, May 7 @ 9:43 am
  • Jay

    Mark J – Can you ask for more details?
    Did the deputy see a knife?
    Why didn’t the taser incapacitate the suspect so the deputy could quickly cuff her?
    Did the deputy miss hitting the suspect with the taser?

    Always follow the commands of a law enforcement officer. Say nothing because the prosecutor “will use anything you say against you”.

    Tuesday, May 7 @ 11:12 am
  • disgruntled

    Jay, I’m with you, who was assaulted and how? I guess saying nothing because the prosecutor “will use anything you say against you applies to law enforcement as well, and they’re good at it.

    Tuesday, May 7 @ 5:31 pm
  • David Smith

    Still a lot of unanswered questions about this incident. As others have said why didn’t the taser work? What obligation did the woman have to stop? Did the officer see a weapon? The list goes on and on.

    Wednesday, May 8 @ 8:29 pm
  • Nosey OBXer

    This is what I read and saw the witness say on WAVY news , the lady threw the knife in the wooded area and walked up the stairs and that was when she was shot by the deputy. Hmmmm she’s lucky to be alive.
    Just like the cop who shot the dog in the dog’s own driveway in Kitty Hawk . The dog died.
    Police need more training. Too trigger ready. Is it fear or something else?

    Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:04 pm