A man faces felony assault charges after he attacked an officer as he was being arrested on outstanding warrants this past week.

The suspect, John Brown, 25, could face up to six years in the state penitentiary on the charge of aggravated assault for attacking Tullahoma Police Officer Jacob Smith with a knife as he and other officers were trying to pull him from his hiding place in the back of a dark closet inside a friend’s apartment. His friends, Brittany O’Dare, 28, is charged with being an accessory after the fact while another man who was at the residence at the time, Dylan Hartley, 29, is charged with possession of drugs. 

The officer escaped injury as the knife made a glancing blow off the back of his leg and did not break the skin.

The chain of events that led to the incident began to unfold when police arrived to arrest Brown after they learned he was hiding inside an apartment on Moore Street. He was wanted for violation of probation. They were greeted by O’Dare who claimed Brown was not in the apartment and denied the officers entrance. She later changed her mind and allowed them in, at which time they encountered Hartley lying on a bed, claiming to be sleeping. Hartley reportedly became combative with police and was placed in handcuffs.

Lawmen then turned to a nearby closet where one of the officers pushed a box out of the way to find Brown hiding behind it, clutching a knife in each hand.

“The officer gave him commands to drop the knives and he did not,” said Officer Smith, noting the suspect did finally throw away the smaller of the two knives before lunging at his partner’s gun holster. “At this time I delivered a single kick with my left leg to his upper body, disengaging him from the officer’s gun. Mr. Brown turned around and stabbed me in the back of the leg.”

The suspect then grabbed at the officer’s throat and continued to fight until he was forced to the ground and taken into custody.

Duane Sherrill may be reached at dsherrill@tullahomanews.com.

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