Moulton, AL, police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said the suspect, Demetrae Griffin, of Moulton, injured four law enforcement officers and was tased “multiple times” during a two-hour standoff Sunday, reports the Decatur Daily.
Three of the four officers were taken to Lawrence County Medical Center, with one, Sgt. Ashley Bolden, requiring staples in his head, McWhorter said.
The other two officers treated at the Lawrence County Medical Center emergency room were Officer Shane Burkett and Deputy Keith Pepper, McWhorter said. He said Officer Marcus Solomon was injured but did not require hospital treatment.
The suspect, who authorities said threw a rock through the window of an unoccupied deputy's vehicle, was transported to Decatur Morgan Hospital.
Lawrence Sheriff's Office Capt. Tim McWhorter said he believes an argument between the suspect and his mother started the incident.
When police officers arrived, Moulton police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said, the suspect assaulted the officer, who called for additional support. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office arrived and confronted Griffin. McWhorter said the suspect assaulted the officer.
“They tased the suspect and the first taser had no effect on him at all,” Lawrence Sheriff's Office Capt. McWhorter said. The suspect then threw a large rock through the windshield of the deputy’s patrol car and then entered the car “like he was going to drive it away,” Capt. McWhorter said.
Authorities said Griffin stayed in the patrol car “about two hours.”
The suspect emerged with a knife, but officers were able to deploy a TASER and apprehend him.