Lawrenceburg Now

Tuesday, June 2, 2010

Deputy Assaulted During Domestic Intervention

A Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained injuries Monday evening while intervening in a domestic altercation at a home on Buffalo Road.

The call went out at 7:15 p.m. regarding a family dispute and Deputy Brent Butler was the sole officer dispatched to the home. While en route, Butler was informed that the female subject had already left the residence.

Butler continued to the home where he made contact with resident Raymond Michael Hill, age 59. He reports that Hill had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about him, and that the windshield on Hills 1994 Ford Explorer was busted.

Butler inquired about what had happened to the windshield and Hill indicated he had “busted it while they were arguing instead of hitting her.”

According to reports, Butler explained to Hill that law prohibits individuals from vandalizing property during a domestic altercation, “even if it is your property.”

He reports that at that point Hill became irate, turned toward the house, and began cursing him. Butler said that he reached for Hill, explaining that he was under arrest, but that Hill pulled away. Butler then reports he grabbed Hill’s left arm. When he did so, he indicates Butler turned toward him and struck him in the chest, knocking his radio mic off his shirt.

A scuffle ensued, Butler reports, and he attempted twice to take Hill to the ground. The second time, Butler “went down face first.” Although he was ordered repeatedly to stop resisting, Butler reports “he refused to comply.”

Butler said he had difficulty calling for assistance. When he was able to find his mic he called for help, but says there was no response. Throughout the struggle, he reports he was “only able to call for help once.” He was eventually able to handcuff Hill and subdue him.

Butler transported Hill to the Lawrence County Jail where he met with Hill’s wife. She reported they had been outside; Hill sitting inside the Ford Explorer listening to music.

She indicated she asked him repeatedly for the keys to an outbuilding, but that he did not respond. She said she walked over and grabbed his hair and he handed the keys over.

As she walked to the shed, she said Hill was “hollering” at her and “she knew the situation had changed.” She reported he came after her in an aggressive manner, then began hitting the windshield. At that point, she said she got into her car and left.

Officials indicate Deputy Butler sustained injury to his hand, arm and back as a result of the lengthy struggle.

Hill was booked on charges that include domestic vandalism, resisting arrest and assault of a police officer. He is scheduled for an initial appearance in Lawrence County General Sessions Court on June 21, 2010.

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