Man brawls with officer
A 35-year-old Moncks Corner man was taken into custody after fighting with and attempting to flee from an officer.
The officer arrived to a Francis Marion Circle address at about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 to serve an order of detention to the suspect, Sherod Darby, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office report.
According to the police report, Darby saw the officer, grabbed a set of keys and did not listen to the officer’s commands telling him to stop and cooperate as he rushed by him. As Darby ran through the front yard toward a Mazda truck, the officer was able to grab the keys from him. He punched the officer in the face with closed fists, according to the report.
The officer deployed his Taser, but Darby pulled the prongs out of him and continued to attack, and then fled on foot behind the residence and would not listen to the officer’s commands telling him to stop.
The officer caught up to the suspect, who again attacked. This time the officer sprayed Darby with OC spray, which was ineffective, according to the report.
Darby made an attempt to enter the residence and punched the officer again in the face with a closed fist on the front porch, causing swelling. Due to the ineffectiveness of the OC spray and Taser, the officer struck Darby with a closed fist to avoid him from entering the residence and possibly grabbing a weapon, according to the report.
Darby again fled toward the truck, picking up the keys from the ground on the way. The officer broke the driver’s side window with a baton to prevent Darby from driving and endangering the public on the roads, according to the report.
A backup officer arrived as Darby fled on foot after escaping through the passenger door. He tripped on a curb and, after a brief struggle, was taken into custody.
Darby was transported to a hospital about a block away for treatment. He sustained no visible injury during the entire incident, according to the report.
A doctor did not find any injuries, but the suspect was being evaluated for mental illness, according to the report.
Another officer gathered the spent Taser and OC canister and took down information from Darby’s father about the damage to the truck.
The responding officer said he sustained an injury inside his mouth from being punched, but he declined medical attention while inside the hospital.