RUNNING FROM POLICE

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SALYERSVILLE – When responding to an assault complaint on College Heights, law enforcement apprehended a suspect who tried to run from, then fight police. 

On Friday, February 3, according to the arrest citation, Salyersville Police Department Officer Jeremiah Watson and Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Reggie Gosser responded to an apartment building on College Heights to serve an arrest warrant for an alleged assault that occurred earlier in the day.

Upon law enforcement’s arrival, the suspect, Christopher Caldwell, 26, of Salyersville, came out the back of the building, made eye contact with the officers, and ran back through the building, out the front door and into a field, according to the arrest citation.

Witnesses in front of the building told law enforcement the direction Caldwell ran. Other law enforcement units, including the sheriff department’s K-9 unit, responded, and while still searching for Caldwell, they received a call from a witness stating he had ran back into a different apartment building, according to the citation.

Deputy Gosser wrote in the arrest citation that upon arrival, again, witnesses told law enforcement which building Caldwell was in, as well as which apartment he was trying to enter. As Gosser walked down the steps, the apartment door was closing, and when he knocked on the door, the door opened. 

As soon as the door opened, Gosser had eye contact with Caldwell and told him to put his hands behind his back, which he refused and attempted to get away. When he refused to comply to officer demands, he was tased, according to the citation.

Gosser tried to cuff Caldwell, but was bleeding from his hand, so Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Jonathan Holbrook helped cuff Caldwell, who was then escorted to the front of the building and searched, according to the citation.

Caldwell reportedly resisted entering the police cruiser and began fighting with the officers trying to put him in the vehicle. He was tased, again, and became more violent, kicking the door and windows. Law enforcement then pepper sprayed him and put him in a unit with glass protection. He kicked the cage, damaging it, and also reportedly blew snot on Deputy Marcum and tried to bite Deputy Holbrook, according to the arrest citation. 

Caldwell is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and is facing the following charges: second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), resisting arrest, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree assault of a police officer, and first-degree criminal mischief, as well as the fourth-degree assault charge that started the search.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.