Plainville woman pushed neighbor down flight of stairs, assaulted multiple officers: police

Published on Thursday, 19 November 2020 13:56


PLAINVILLE -- An East Street woman faces a slew of charges after allegedly pushing a neighbor down a flight of stairs and assaulting multiple police officers.

Shayla Livingston, 28, of 65 East St., has been accused of biting an officer who handcuffed her, kicking an officer in the chest and trying to trip multiple officers down a flight of stairs, according to the police report.

Officers responded to Livingston’s home on Tuesday, around 10 p.m., after her downstairs neighbor called police. The woman said she had heard arguing coming from Livingston’s apartment and when she went upstairs to check, she heard someone say “What, are you going to cut me with a knife?”

The woman told police she started walking away from the unit and back toward her own apartment when Livingston emerged from her residence and pushed her down a flight of stairs, according to the report. During her attempt to grab the railing, the woman said she injured her wrist and one of her toes, the report continued.

Officers announced themselves and knocked on Livingston’s door for about an hour before using the landlord’s key to try to open it. As they did, police noted in the report, someone on the inside would lock the door. Police also tried to force the door open, but they said it was obvious someone was standing on the opposite side of it to counter this.

Eventually, the door opened into the hallway from the force that was being applied to it from the inside, police said. Officers then saw Livingston and a man standing in the doorway and asked her to come out of the apartment. Police said she refused and when they grabbed her arm, the man grabbed Livingston as well and tried to pull her back into the unit.

According to police, both Livingston and the man got onto the ground when an officer un-holstered his taser and ordered them to do so. The male suspect, who identified himself as Middletown resident Marvin Hooks, 64, was handcuffed and ultimately charged with interfering with police.

Livingston, police said in the report, tried to bite an officer’s arm as he was handcuffing her, but she failed to break the skin. Once she was handcuffed, police said, she kicked at multiple officers and tried to entice them to use more force than was necessary. She also allegedly tried to head-butt a sergeant and splashed water into his face, according to the report.

Livingston continued to kick at officers and injured one policeman’s hand, police noted in the report. She also tried to trip multiple officers as they escorted her downstairs, police said. When she was placed in a cruiser, she kicked an officer in the chest and made a comment about finally having something to sue the police for “so that she could get the things in life that she wanted,” police wrote in their report.

Livingston was charged with three counts of assault on a police officer and one count each of third-degree assault on a special victim, third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace. She was arraigned Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, where her bond was set at $10,000 bond.

Livingston is being held in custody and is due back in court on Jan. 13 to enter a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Thursday, 19 November 2020 13:56. Updated: Thursday, 19 November 2020 13:59.