A man threw a knife at a Brownwood police officer, his brother was shot with police Tasers and both were arrested on multiple charges when officers responded to a burglary-in-progress call Wednesday night, police said.
Officer Brandon Arnold was not injured by the knife, but his foot was injured when he took Norman Baggett to the ground at 1309 Ave. B, police said.
Norman Baggett, 39, the man accused of throwing the knife, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant, burglary of a habitation, evading arrest and possession of a dangerous drug, and on a parole warrant, jail records state.
Jeremiah Baggett, 31, who police said was shot with two Tasers after he struck an officer, was booked on charges of assault on a public servant, burglary of a habitation and evading arrest, records state.
Arnold and officer Danny Hutchins were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress in the 1400 block of Avenue B, Hutchins’ report states.
A woman told a dispatcher someone was beating on her home’s front door and had just broken out a window. She said she and her family were in a hallway in the center of the home, Hutchins’ report states.
Arnold and Hutchins arrived and searched outside, and saw two men coming out of tall grass and bushes next to the home. The men began walking away, and Arnold yelled for them to stop.
The men ran down Avenue B, and Arnold and Hutchins chased them on foot. The men ran into tall grass at Avenue B and Second, and Hutchins took Jeremiah Baggett by the arm, Hutchins’ report states.
The man pulled away, then came toward Hutchins swinging his arms, hitting Hutchins’ left arm and knocking his flashlight out of his hand, Hutchins’ report alleged. Hutchins shoved Baggett away, who then turned toward Arnold, said, “Come on” and took up a fighting stance, Hutchins’ report alleged.
Hutchins and Arnold each fired a Taser charge into the man, who was struck by the probes in his chest and back. Baggett went to the ground and the officers placed him in handcuffs.
Arnold resumed searching for Norman Baggett and found him in Baggett’s home at 1309 Ave. B, Hutchins’ report states. Arnold and Cpl. Mike Sheedy arrested him and placed him in handcuffs, and Arnold began walking him outside.
Baggett tried to jerk free, and despite being handcuffed, retrieved a knife from his pocket and threw it at Arnold, Hutchins’ report alleged. The knife stuck in a wall next to Arnold and then fell.