Teen charged with pushing a gun into a Sheriff's Deputy bullet-proof vest, head-butting her
Law enforcement officials have historically been at greater risk of workplace violence that virtually any other occupational category.
A terrifying incident at a Rowan County, North Carolina drive-through restaurant yesterday represents yet another episode of occupational violence against an officer.
Sheriff's Deputy A.D. Weaver had originally gone to the Cookout Restaurant at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday to purchase a soft drink. After arriving there, a citizen flagged her down and reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the drive-through lane.
According to reports, Weaver went over to the vehicle to speak with the men but was unable to wake them. She called for backup to help with the situation. Eventually, Weaver and another officer managed to awaken one of the men, described as an 18-year-old passenger. They were attempting to determine if he and the other man were under the influence or had fallen asleep.
Weaver noted the teen kept reaching down to his leg, despite her commands to keep his hands where she could see them. Suddenly, he pulled out a gun, jumped out of the car, pushed his firearm into Weaver's bullet-proof vest and rammed his head into her chin.
The teen then took off with Weaver and the other officer giving chase. More law enforcement officers responded to the scene and surrounded the area, but they were unable to locate the suspect.
He was later identified and warrants were obtained for his arrest, charging him with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, two counts of resisting a public officer, and carrying a concealed gun
Later in the day on Wednesday, he was taken into custody at his home without incident, and is currently being held at the Rowan County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.
Fortunately, Deputy Weaver did not sustain serious physical injuries resulting from the attack on her.