A sheriffs deputy has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Assaulting an officer after an incident involving a separate shooting scene. According to US News and AJC, Deputy Keathley was administering aide to a shooting victim when another Deputy (Nunes) arrived on scene and tried to take over from Keathley. Keathley did not take kindly to Nunes attempting to take over the scene and struck Nunes with a flashlight. This resulted in the Assistant District Attorney filing charges against Keathly for Aggravated Assault and Assaulting an officer.
Many people don’t realize that the crime of Aggravated Assault can happen to anyone, and in this example, including a Sheriffs Deputy. The offense of Aggravated Assault is defined by the statute from O.C.G.A. 16-5-21 and the same codesection under subpart (k) defines aggravated Assault upon an officer. In part, these statute states that a person commits the offense of Aggravated Assault when they use an object device or instrument offensively against another. In this example Officer Keathley used his flashlight and struck the other officer.
Because the action that Keathley performed involved another officer he can also be charged with Assault upon an officer.
Of course there are facts to every case where defenses can be raised for anyone charged with the crimes of Aggravated Assault or Assaulting an officer. Each situation is different from the other and requires a evaluation of all the information in order to properly mount a defense and a effective negotiation with the prosecutors office.
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