The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

June 25, 2013

County man jailed for assault of ACSO officer

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A 40-year-old Anderson County man remained in jail Monday after his arrest last week for assaulting an officer with the county sheriff’s department and resisting arrest.

According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, ACSO deputies Don Myers and Wes Dean arrived at the scene of a domestic disturbance on the 10,000 block of FM 645 at about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

“We had received a call from a woman at the scene who stated that the suspect, Joseph Brett Swafford, was acting strange and screaming at her,” Taylor said. “When the deputy arrived, Swafford was yelling and screaming nonsense.”

In their attempts to calm the suspect, Swafford became combative, forcing deputies to use a taser. The suspect’s resistance continued during officer’s attempts to handcuff him.

“He was kicking and screaming — he kicked one of the officers, Sgt. Bobby Bishop (who had arrived later), and so officers had to tase him again,” Taylor said.

Swafford was charged with Assault of a Public Servant, a third-degree felony, and with Resisting Arrest, Search or Transport. Bonds totaling $7,500 were set by Justice of the Peace Carl Davis.

“Tasers allow us to not have to hurt someone or be hurt ourselves in situations just like these,” Taylor said about the incident. “It is a good tool for us, particularly in this case.”

The sheriff reported that Sgt. Bishop received no major injuries resulting from the incident, only minor bruising on his leg.



Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com