01/29/2008

Ga. officer hit with pepper spray during scuffle

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By Liz Fabian
Macon Telegraph

MACON, Ga. — A Macon police officer was taken to the emergency room to be decontaminated after a suspect sprayed him with pepper spray Sunday night, said Sgt. Melanie Hofmann, Macon police spokeswoman.

Benjamin Patterson, 58, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer stemming from the scuffle at 3376 Millerfield Road.

Officer Jonathan Hunnicutt was investigating a domestic dispute when Patterson became violent after Hunnicutt asked him to remove his hands from his pockets, according to a Macon police incident report.

While the two fought on the ground, Hunnicutt tried to use his pepper spray on Patterson, who overpowered the officer and turned the canister in Hunnicutt's face and choked him during the altercation, the report stated.

Patterson tried to get the officer's gun but Hunnicutt was able to kick him away and hold onto his weapon.

Hunnicutt was treated and released from The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Hofmann said.

Copyright 2008 The Macon Telegraph

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