Madison County deputy fights with suspect trying to grab his gun

News-DemocratNovember 13, 2013 

A Madison County man was charged Tuesday with felony counts of aggravated battery and attempted disarming of a police officer.

Jason D. Alton, 24 of 3215 Hawthrorne Blvd. in Alton, allegedly struggled with deputies Monday after they confronted him over a trespassing complaint.

Sheriff's department deputies were called to 1204 Enos Lane in Godfrey, where Alton's parents live, just before 3 p.m. The first deputy to arrive on scene reported he saw Alton quickly walking out of the residence and attempted to question him.

According to sheriff's department's reports, Alton told the deputy to stay away from him. As the deputy approached, the suspect shoved him. The deputy grabbed Alton and the pair fell to the ground.

Alton allegedly began to attempt to hit the deputy in the face. As the struggle continued, Alton grabbed the deputy's holstered handgun and attempted to pull the gun out of the holster, according to sheriff's department reports. The deputy was able to retain the firearm and gain control of Alton by pinning him to the ground.

A second deputy arrived on scene and aided in handcuffing Alton, who was transported to the Madison County Jail. Bail was set at $75,000.

The deputy who struggled with Alton was not seriously injured. He reported only some scratches to his face.

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