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Man charged with assaulting police officer

DRY BREAD – A Magoffin County man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting a police officer who was there to serve an eviction notice.

According to the arrest warrant, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Jonathan Holbrook went to Dry Bread Road/Everett Brown Road in Salyersville on Monday, May 23, in an attempt to serve an eviction notice complaint on Douglas R. Caldwell, 39, of Salyersville, also knowing that Caldwell had an active arrest warrant from Magoffin District Court.

Holbrook stated in the warrant that Caldwell came out with a large stick, allegedly swinging the stick at him when he tried to serve his papers, eventually striking Holbrook in the hand, causing bleeding. Holbrook described Caldwell as being very aggressive and acting with the intention to strike the officer with the stick.

Deputy Holbrook deployed his taser gun on Caldwell, at which time he went inside the residence and would not come back out or cooperate with law enforcement. Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Dewey Marshall and Kentucky State Police Trooper Tracy Salyer came and assisted Holbrook, placing him under arrest.

At press time, Caldwell is still being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, facing third-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, both felony charges. Currently, there are no court dates scheduled in this case.

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.

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