PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives filed six more charges Thursday on 34-year-old Lisa Marie Christopolus, of 17492 Foremost Lane. She was arrested early Tuesday morning following an 8½ hour standoff with the SWAT team at her home. Christopolus was originally charged with Shooting in an Occupied Dwelling, and Battery by Strangulation (of her partner.)
Christopolus is additionally charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officers, and one count each for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting an Officer with Violence; Battery by Strangulation (on her mother), and Cultivation/Manufacture of Marijuana.
The events started earlier Monday when Christopolus hit and strangled her partner in their home. The partner told the mother and the mother went to their home and was attacked by her daughter who pushed her and threw her into a fire pit causing minor injuries. At 6 p.m. the mother flagged down deputies for a well-being check on her daughter. The mother opened the door for the deputies on the first floor living room of the two-story octagonal home. Receiving no response, they went to another door to the living room and as they entered and again announced their presence, two shots were fired from upstairs and a third shot followed.
Two rounds penetrated through the wood framed wall and would have struck the deputies if they stayed at the first door. The partner advised deputies there were two handguns and a shotgun in the home and were loaded. SWAT, Crisis Intervention, detectives and deputies surrounded the home. SWAT fired the first tear gas into the home at 12:09 a.m. after all attempts failed for her to come out.
Christopolus finally surrendered and was handcuffed about 2:15 a.m.; while waiting for EMS to check her, she kicked a deputy in the leg attempting to flee. During the search of the home late Tuesday morning after the home was vented of tear gas fumes, 25 to 30 small marijuana plants were seized which were healthy and well taken care of. Detectives said Christopolus had soaped the stairway going upstairs and moved furniture blocking certain areas. The weapons were loaded and positioned in the areas with extra ammunition available. She also had several shotgun and .38 caliber rounds in her pockets. All weapons were seized.
According to Colonel David Bonsall, “This incident is a reminder of the danger deputy’s face daily when responding to domestic violence complaints. In this instance, the rage of the offender was turned against the deputies responding to offer her help.” Christopolus remains in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond; the investigation continues.