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Wrestler Takes Down Ohio Deputy


Greene County (Ohio) Sheriff's Deputy Josh Barrett encounters a former standout high-school wrestler passed out in his vehicle. After the 21-year-old starts the fight, Deputy Barrett ends it with his TASER.

October 13, 2011
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Tags: Less-Lethal Force, Physical Confrontations, Intoxicated Subjects, Greene County (Ohio) Sheriff, Patrol Car Video


Comments (31)

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Steve @ 10/13/2011 6:10 PM

I'm amazed the officer didn't shoot the stupid guy for what he did. Just goes to show that even though he tried to help an unresponsive person bad things can still happen. Keep up the good work Deputy Barrett.

Patrick @ 10/13/2011 6:19 PM

Another example of why the Taser is an excellent tool to control subjects.

Tom Ret @ 10/13/2011 6:22 PM

The suspect can try out for the prison wrestling team.

Ray @ 10/13/2011 7:04 PM

was alittle un easy for the deputy there for awhile but he kept his head,damm good job,been in that same things years when I worked as a deputy before I retired,we didnt have the tasers back then if was more a kick ass thing..

Horbo @ 10/13/2011 7:09 PM

Some of the most admirable restraint I've ever seen. If a shit head should ever be shot, this is the situation. He should send Deputy Barrett a case of 30 year old scotch every year for the rest of his miserable life to thank him that he's still alive.

Keep up the good work.

janickols @ 10/13/2011 7:13 PM

One man cars are inherently dangerous. The SEALS have a saying that "one is none and two is one." A one man car on day shift is bad enough but inexcusable on evening or early morning shift.

This deputy is lucky the young man was under the influence when he got jumped. I hope the wrestler enjoys his 8 to 10 months in the county jail.

IrishCrusher @ 10/13/2011 7:14 PM

Big Bubba loves to wrestle. He likes to use the back side mount on his opponents!

RICHARD @ 10/13/2011 7:17 PM

NEVER BACK DOWN, NEVER GIVE UP. GOD BLESS AMERICAN POLICE.

Thomas J. Nelson @ 10/13/2011 9:47 PM

I hope the Deputy thinks about back up next time I carry a tactacial ink pen kids lucky he wasn't in Detroit or it might of ended very badly good work Deputy stay safe

Frank @ 10/14/2011 2:57 AM

"one is none and two is one." Great idea when your paying them peanuts. Years ago their was two-man patrols. Then the politicians stepped in. Waiting seconds for back-up can feel like years if your in trouble. Great Job!

Jack @ 10/14/2011 7:02 AM

Im sorry. This guy just took you down, beat on you and now when youre able to get back up youre going to give him warnings before you taze him. Seriously? BTW Bro, practice getting your tazer out. This was a friggin disaster. I hope 'Josh' realizes hes alive because this asshole didnt want to kill him that night.

Rick @ 10/14/2011 9:58 AM

It's too bad that a CCW permit holder didn't happen along that dark highway to assist the Deputy.

JR @ 10/14/2011 10:20 AM

That is one young man who is lucky he was not shot by the Deputy. Good work Josh! Glad you went home safe that night.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/14/2011 4:36 PM

From what I viewed this officer neglected his own safety and caused this situation to escalate through his reckless approach to the violator. The officer is very lucky not to have been killed. He recklessly exposed himself and his weapon to the the suspect several times. Also never assume someone is passed out. But if the suspect was unresponsive there was no reason not to request back up before entering this car. Many Officers in this situation get dragged by the car when the officer wakes up the suspect and the driver hits the gas. There was no urgent need to prevoke an attack. I am familar with Greene County so it is more likely the Deputy was never properly trained in gun retention or personal safety. The Deputy was very lucky indeed but drunk, high or sick never ever assume anything. Prepare for the worse and hope for the best you will live longer. This could have been handled by the Deputy so much better if he was properly trained in self defense and self preservation techniques. It's that "he-man" cop attitude that gets officers killed.

WyoCop @ 10/14/2011 10:58 PM

Mostly to Jack and Ima Leprechaun, First, you can't call or wait for backup on every single call. In the areas I work, backup is 45 minutes to never away. I cover approximately 800 square miles by myself. There are inherent risks in this job. One of those involves dealing with situations like this by yourself. Second, not putting yourself in bad positions, or turning your gun side towards a suspect is a great idea, and works great in the academy. The reality of actually being on the street is it happens more often than not. Third, while the same thought popped into my head as I watched this, you have to give the TASER warnings. The 10:00 news would not show the fight, just the part with the dumbass standing outside his car, and the big mean Deputy lighting him up like a Christmas tree for no reason. Fourth, this video only shows part of the encounter. Without seeing the beginning of the contact, or knowing the nature of the call (Officer initiated, or dispatched) I will not even try to find fault in the Deputy's actions.

Paul @ 10/16/2011 9:05 AM

This Deputy did an excellent job and showed some serious restaint and professionalism. Yes, the youngster is extremely fortunate to be walking among the living after that encounter. Hopefully he learns a valuable lesson. As for the Deputy, standing ovation for the work you do...

John Russell @ 10/16/2011 5:58 PM

Just a Ex High school kid; imagine if it had been George St Peirre UFC champion...?

JOHN LAWER @ 10/18/2011 4:47 PM

I’m sure his parents are proud of this individual, he probably wasn’t properly potty trained when he was a child.

In police work you run into three types of individuals. #1 Those who learn by word of mouth and don’t have to experience being arrested to know not to violate the law, they are the smartest among us. Those wh have to experience arrest to get the message, who then don’t do it again this is where 90% of us fall. Then you have those who never learns #3 and that’s what continues to fill our jails ands prisons. This guy is already at #2 and look likes he’s headed for #3.

He is lucky he wasn’t blown out of his boots, a lone officer with backup officers a long distance away, and fighting with a individual who is assaulting him (most likely a felony in most states) the officer could have justifiably used deadly force. This guy is VERY, VERY Lucky!!!!!!!!

john lawer @ 10/18/2011 4:54 PM

I’m sure his parents are proud of this individual, he probably wasn’t properly potty trained when he was a child. In police work you run into three types of individuals. #1 Those who learn by word of mouth and don’t have to experience being arrested to know not to violate the law, they are the smartest among us. Those who have to experience arrest to get the message, who then don’t do it again this is where 90% of us fall. Then you have those who never learns #3 and that’s what continues to fill our jails ands prisons. This guy is already at #2 and look likes he’s headed for #3.

He is lucky he wasn’t blown out of his boots, a lone officer with backup officers a long distance away, and fighting with a individual who is assaulting him (most likely a felony in most states) the officer could have justifiably used deadly force. This guy is VERY, VERY Lucky!!!!!!!!

sj @ 11/18/2011 10:06 AM

That looser should have been shot many times over.

Dave @ 1/4/2012 5:27 PM

Poor guy - asleep in his vehicle minding his own business when he gets set upon for no apparent reason. So what was the reason for the sleep interruption then strangle hold then Taser ?? Great work but cheating with a taser is still cheating. Supposed innocent victim won the fight first.

SubZero @ 1/12/2012 8:34 PM

This is why...Officers need to learn MMA! Alot of MMA Clubs /Gyms, gives Law Enforcement discounts. Even if you pay full price, isn't your life worth it!? What if, he couldn't of gotten to anyone of his " tools " on his utility belt!? There is no reason why you don't have @ least 2hrs a week for " Defensive training /self defense training !"

Anonymous @ 1/15/2012 7:35 AM

Here's hoping that this deputy and other pigs like him wilol be killed in the line of duty soon.

Tactical @ 2/17/2012 10:54 AM

That was scary, officer could have been killed or incapacitated a few times there. A Good 7-8 seconds fumbling for the TASER as well.
Thankfully Not. maybe the kid a a sober moment.

Steve E @ 3/21/2012 9:54 PM

Alone in the dark, backup miles and many minuets away > As soon as the wrestler got the officer down to the ground in the half guard I say all bets are off and shoot the A-hole ! Officer was a dum dum, that guy could have made a move towards the officers gun, he could have pulled his stashed gun or or a knife and ended the officers life. The officer has NO responsibility to fist fight with criminals, half drunk ones specialy a much better fighter. Any one who wants to fight it out with a cop is a serious head case criminal and needs to get shot. On the ground it is deadly serious business. My amateur opinion is once it is on the ground it is life and death , specially with a better opponent. BANG dead crook

bman @ 5/28/2012 12:11 PM

Good job. He took serious punches but stayed in it. good restraint. I probably would have shot the dude. the deputy has more height than me I think so I may have been in much worse situation.

Jim @ 5/28/2012 1:04 PM

VERY lucky that this suspect did not get shot and killed. The Taser is indeed a wonderful tool that saves lives, not only LEOs but suspects as well. I wish that they had been available back when I was working as it would have saved my hands from all those fist-fights.

Briyitt @ 5/28/2012 5:09 PM

Thank God the Deputy walked away.
I was a bit nervous at first but he handled
it very well. God Bless him and his family.

michael @ 5/28/2012 10:42 PM

Well I am glad the Deputy is ok. But, obviously the suspect never herd the saying......."Don't bring a knife to a gun fight", in this case wrestling tactics vs. Taser.........Bad Choice Hammerhead.

scpdblue @ 5/29/2012 10:33 AM

Oh so true Frank, What janickols fails to realize is we all don't have big budgets and the taxpayers who want more deputies or police ,do not want their taxes raised so that the agencies can hire more so that they can have two man units. Good job deputy, I have seen what happens when a L.E.O. loses a fight.Its not pretty.

Alexandro @ 11/24/2012 8:05 PM

So If you are a cop and are fighting with an unarmed man, you can shoot him? That's what all of you guys are claiming is the law... This is why I enjoy when cops die on video about as much as when criminals do. They are all thugs with guns for hire.

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