A 23-year-old Morgan County man was arrested and charged with battery on a peace officer after he allegedly struck a Morgan County deputy who was attempting to detain the suspect.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Lagregory Keshawn Burke, of Madison, was arrested and charged with felony obstruction of a police officer, battery on a peace officer and criminal trespass damage on Friday, Nov. 26.

Reports state that at approximately 10:30 a.m., a deputy responded to a damage to property complaint at a Mallory Road residence. While at the residence, a woman alleged that Burke had asked her for a ride to the house of the mother of his children. The woman said she refused and Burke allegedly kicked the driver’s side door of her car, breaking a piece of molding.

Deputy Justin Davis entered the residence, reports state, and observed Burke sitting on a couch. Burke refused to speak with the deputy, reports state. The deputy spoke with the woman’s 14-year-old daughter who confirmed the order of events.

The deputy then told Burke to stand up and place his hands behind his back. Burke refused and attempted to walk by the deputy. The deputy attempted to detain Burke and Burke allegedly swung on the deputy and struck him behind his ear.

Burke fled the residence and while running toward a wood line, got hung up in a barbed wire fence. Deputy Davis pursued and deployed a taser, striking Burke with one probe. Burke broke through the fence and ran into the wooded area. Davis called for back up including a tracking dog.

Reports state that a short time later, Burke exited the woods with his hands up. Deputy Davis commanded Burke to get on the ground but Burke continued to walk toward the deputy, reports state, and walked past the deputy.

Davis then deployed his taser again, this time striking Burke with both probes. After a five second taser burst, reports state, Burke rolled onto his stomach and complied wth the deputy’s orders.

Davis detained Burke and transported him to the Morgan County Detention Center. Deputy Davis then transported himself to Morgan Medical Center to have his injuries evaluated and treated.

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