UC man faces assault charge

UC man faces assault charge
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A Union City man was arrested Wednesday night on charges related to the alleged assault of a police officer.
Christopher Obrian Tyson, 28, of 415 East College St. was taken into custody following an incident that occurred about 10:50 p.m. at his home, according to a Union City Police Department report.
After being transported to medical facilities for evaluation, he was later placed under arrest on charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
He was being held in the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex at press time today and was to be arraigned this afternoon.
Police officers responded to Tyson’s home late Wednesday night after receiving a call of him allegedly attempting suicide with a knife. Officers reported they found Tyson on the floor of a utility room with a knife to his throat and his wife attempting to hold his hands so he could not cut himself.
According to the report, police Sgt. Tim Wright utilized his taser on Tyson with “only momentary and minimal effect.” Tyson allegedly attacked Wright, striking him multiple times with his fist and resulting in a possible severe injury to Wright’s right shoulder.
Tyson allegedly continued to fight with Wright until being subdued with two more taser applications from patrol officer T.J. Kirby. He was then taken into custody by police.
Police reported Tyson’s wife indicated she had to wrestle two other knives from him before police arrived Wednesday night.
Tyson was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City for evaluation and then to another area facility for evaluation before being returned to Obion County and jailed later in the night, according to police.
Acting Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield said Wright sustained a possible mild concussion in addition to the shoulder injury and could be off work two or three days recovering.
Published in The Messenger 10.25.12

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