43-year-old Thomas Gatewood was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer after he was found violating a temporary order of protection and when they attempted to detain him, he said “Ahhh no, you’re gonna have to kill me. I’m not going to jail” and swung his arms hitting an officer in the eye.
On July 6th, officers arrived at 512 South 11th Street because of a violation of an order of protection by the defendant, Thomas Gatewood. He told police that he knows that he is not supposed to be there but he has nowhere else to go. Police told him that they have to place him into custody for breaking the order of protection. Gatewood responded with, “ahhh no, you’re gonna have to kill me. I’m not going to jail” he stood up and began walking away from the officer.
They instructed him to place his hands on his head amidst him continuing to tell them that he is not going to jail. Pulling his arms in front of him, police decided to place him in custody physically so Gatewood started swinging his arms not allowing them to place him into handcuffs. While he was swinging his arms he hit Officer Hemminger in the eye with his elbow. The officers then guided him to the ground and placed his hands behind his back, placing him in handcuffs.
Continuing to resist, Gatewood refused to stand up and walk while the officers were trying to put them in the patrol vehicle. As they tried to put him into the patrol car he stiffened up and would not be seated in the back, but they eventually got him inside and transported him to booking.
Thomas Gatewood was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. His bond was set at $10,000.