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Daughter of Bristol County Sheriff arrested

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) - A 29-year-old woman was arrested at a shooting scene in New Bedford and her father, the Bristol County Sheriff, says the arresting officer should have done things differently.

Michelle Hodgson is charged with interfering with a police officer after she allegedly kicked over a piece of evidence outside of a New Bedford club where she had been with some friends Saturday night.

Court documents say the New Bedford police officer arrested Hodgson when she allegedly refused to leave the crime scene.

“She was absolutely correct in letting the person know that she understands what is appropriate in law enforcement and what is not and that’s the message I believe she was trying to convey to the officer,” Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Michelle’s father, said.

The arresting officer said she yelled "Don't you touch me! Do you know that my father's the Sheriff?" The officer also said "She then informed me that she would have my job."

“I think the officer hopefully arrives at the fact he could have done it, and should have done it, very differently than he did. I think he, after the fact, probably realized that,” Sheriff Hodgson said.

Sheriff Hodgson says his daughter is a mother who works for a property management company and has never been in trouble. He also says she won’t get special treatment because of who he is.

“I'm proud of my girls, I’m proud of my daughter but this is disappointing, as a dad, to see them go through this,” he said.

The New Bedford Police Chief said he won’t form any judgments until the arrest is reviewed, he also said he has nothing negative to say about the veteran officer who arrested Hodgson.
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