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Man Arrested After Punching Officer In The Face

Last updated on Thursday, October 6, 2011

(SEYMOUR) - A Seymour policeman assaulted at Seymour Oktoberfest came back to work Wednesday.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said Officer Keith Williams was punched in the face.

Brenton J. Garriott, 52, of Seymour was arrested after the incident by Officer Gilbert Carpenter, who eventually subdued Garriott with a taser.

The chief said Carpenter removed the cartridge from the taser and pressed it against Garriott instead of shooting him from a distance with a probe from the taser.

Before being punched, Williams asked Garriott to try to get a ride home from the Oktoberfest two or three times before deciding to place him under arrest.

The officer was pushed up against a wall at Second and Chestnut streets. Garriott then turned his back to the officer and then swung around and punched the officer in the face.

Garriott faces charges of battery on a police officer, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication. He was released from Jackson County Jail on $1,005 bond at 10:44 p.m. Friday.

Abbott said Williams was treated by a doctor and took the rest of the weekend off, but he was scheduled to work again Wednesday.

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