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Simple Animal Call Results in Resisting Arrest Charge of Homeowner
web posted January 8, 2013
MERRIWETHER – What started out as a simple
citation for having domesticated animals running at large led to a Vann
Road homeowner being Tazed at least twice as well as being "drive
stunned" twice in order to take him into custody. Edgefield County
Sheriff's Deputies were called to the home reporting that the
neighbor's four dogs attacked her small dog while she was standing near
the roadway in her yard. While trying to get the four dogs off of hers
she was injured in the face and the small dog had bite marks left from
Deputies went to the neighbor's home and talked with the dog's owner.
While explaining the situation and issuing the dogs' owner with a
citation, the homeowner, Cecil Holmes, 45, came out and began cursing
and ordering deputies off his property.
When a deputy approach and informed Holmes to stop yelling and cursing
he continued, telling the deputy to "get off his porch". After repeated
requests to stop, Holmes was advised he was under arrest for disorderly
conduct. When the deputy attempted to grab Holmes he withdrew into the
home with the deputy following and the deputy noticed a loaded rifle
next to the doorway.
The deputy continued to inform Holmes he was under arrest and tried to
position himself between Holmes and the weapon. Additional deputies
responded to aid in the apprehension. As the situation continued to
escalate the deputy drew his Tazer and ordered Holmes to place his hand
behind his back, which he refused and continued to yell and cuss.
The deputy shot Holmes with the Tazer which seemed to have no affect.
It was deployed again and then "drive stunned Holmes in the thigh,
sending him to the floor where he continued to resist being arrested.
After additional deputies aided the deputies on the scene Holmes was
Tazed again and was taken into custody.
Edgefield County EMS responded to the scene and removed the "probes"
fired from the Tazer. Holmes was arrested and held on a pending warrant
for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The 20-year-old owner of the dogs was given a ticket for domestic
animals running at large without incident.
No court date for Holmes was available.
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