FLORENCE — A local man faces multiple charges including assault of a law enforcement officer after he was accused of attacking a Lauderdale County sheriff’s deputy and grabbing the deputy’s weapon holster, officials said.
Phillip Dewayne Quinn, 37, 4355 Chisholm Road, Florence, is charged with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, domestic violence harassment, resisting arrest, criminal coercion and disarming a law enforcement officer, Chief Deputy Jr. Witt of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office said.
Witt said Monday the confrontation occurred Sunday about 12:30 a.m. at Quinn’s residence. He said deputies Jason Brown and Randall Haddock answered a domestic call to the residence.
“The domestic situation was between Quinn and his wife,” Witt said. “His wife claimed he had ripped her clothes and he had become violent.”
According to the report, deputies said there was a strong smell of alcohol on Quinn when they approached him.
Witt said Quinn is accused of making threats against his wife while the deputies were trying to defuse the situation.
According to the report, Brown placed Quinn in handcuffs and took him outside to place him in a patrol car.
“Jason opened the back door of the patrol car and Quinn said the handcuffs were too tight and asked if they could be loosened,” Witt said. “When Jason was loosening the cuffs, Quinn jerked free and starting cussing and fighting at Jason.”
Witt said while Brown was trying to calm Quinn and get him back into custody, Quinn grabbed at Brown’s weapon.
“He jerked the holster with the gun in it off of Jason’s duty belt and they began fighting over the weapon,” Witt said.
Authorities said Brown was able to subdue Quinn.
“Then (Quinn) broke free again and this time lunged at Jason,” Witt said. “Deputy Haddock came from the house and they were able to get Quinn under control.”
Witt said Quinn blocked the deputies efforts to place him in the patrol care with his leg and deputies were forced to tase him to get him into the car.
“They took him to the hospital to be checked out and he was unruly there at the hospital,” Witt said. “After they checked him out, he was taken to the detention center.”
Witt said Brown was treated at the hospital for minor injuries he sustained in the struggle with Quinn.
“We’re very fortunate that an officer wasn’t injured any worst that he was,” Witt said.
Quinn was released on a property bond.
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