Man assaults officer

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 3, 2010

An Andalusia police officer was injured after an incident involving “a man with a gun” on Brooklyn Road early Wednesday morning.

Reports indicate 911 dispatchers received a call of a domestic incident involving a “man with a gun” at a residence just outside of the Andalusia city limits.

Law enforcement officers with both the Covington County Sheriff’s Office and the APD responded to the call, which is common practice in emergency situations.

“Given the nature of the call, APD responded quickly and were the first to arrive on scene,” said Sheriff Dennis Meeks. “A witness to the scene identified Christopher Denarius Brantley, 18, of Evergreen, as the individual that had the gun. Andalusia Police began to obtain preliminary information in the incident, while deputies were still en route.”

Meeks said Brantley “had obviously been drinking” and was uncooperative and was not following officers’ instructions.

Officers told Brantley he was being detained until deputies could arrive on the scene.

“Brantley actively resisted the Andalusia police officers,” Meeks said. “They had gotten one handcuff on Brantley, but he fought with the (APD) officers and struck officer Jimmy Lassiter in the forehead with the open end of the handcuff.”

Lassiter received a large cut to his forehead, which required stitches, and bruising to his face. He was treated for the laceration and released from the Andalusia Regional Hospital.

CCSO investigators have charged Brantley with minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, obstruction of governmental operations, resisting arrest, and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer (a felony).

He was transported and booked into the Covington County Jail and held under a $19,000 bond.