A deputy was attacked by a man walking along Interstate 10 over the weekend, according to the La paz County Sheriff’s Department.
“One of our Deputies was attempting to check the welfare of an individual who was walking along Interstate 10,” said Captain Curt Bagby in a press release. “Upon contact, the subject allegedly attacked the Deputy and attempted to take his gun and taser. After a long struggle, and the assistance of an off-duty Maricopa County Detention Officer, the Deputy was able to take the suspect into custody.”
The suspect was booked into jail on charges of Attempted Homicide, Resisting Arrest and other charges, according to the statement.
Bagby mentioned another incident which also took place over the weekend.
“In another unrelated incident, one of our Deputies was arresting an individual for a local warrant,” he said. “While attempting to place the subject into handcuffs, the suspect allegedly pulled away and grabbed a large fixed blade knife that was in his waistline. The Deputy was able to restrain him, remove the weapon and safely take him into custody. This suspect was also arrested and taken to the Detention Facility for Aggravated Assault against a Peace Officer and resisting arrest.
The statement ended with a reminder that emergency responders regularly face dangerous situations in the course of doing their jobs.
“We depend on resources and training to make these incidents as safe as possible. Please remember that there are men and women putting their lives on the line on a daily basis to ensure your safety. When you see an emergency responder, take the time to say hello and thank them for their service.”