Tensions running high after body-slamming incident at Columbia Popeye’s

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COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) – A Popeyes employee was charged with aggravated assault after cell phone video captured a frightening scene in the restaurant’s parking lot Tuesday night.

Police arrested 29-year-old Deriance Ra’Shaiel Hughes after he body slammed a woman following a verbal altercation inside the restaurant.

The video, which was posted on social media, shows a woman being picked up, then slammed to the ground.

The woman was identified by her attorney as 55-year-old Debra Staggs. Staggs has hired the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm. The firm said Staggs has nine fractures, six cracked ribs and a broken knee. She was undergoing surgery at Vanderbilt on Friday. 

There are conflicting versions of what happened leading up to the body slamming incident.

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