APD officer attacked with minor injuries, suspect in custody

ALEXANDRIA, La. (APD) - On Tuesday afternoon, around 3:15 p.m., APD received a call about a man in the middle of the road, screaming and hitting passing cars at the intersection of Shannon Road and Carl Street.

Demarcus Davis (APD)

Around the same time, a driver saw two officers working a nearby traffic detail and flagged them down, concerning the man in the road. One of the officers went to check on the man, who appeared intoxicated and screamed obscenities.

The officer exited his vehicle and approached the suspect, identified as Demarcus Davis, 27. Immediately, Davis became aggressive and tried to approach the officer. The officer attempted to talk to Davis to de-escalate the situation verbally, but Davis would not stop shouting. The officer drew his stun device, stepping back to maintain a safe distance as Davis continued to approach.

Davis then jumped into the police vehicle, so the officer deployed his stun device, which was only partially effective. David was able to put the vehicle into gear and the officer radioed for assistance. The two fought while the officer attempted to return the vehicle into park. A citizen also got out of their vehicle to assist the officer.

Soon afterward, other officers arrived to help get Davis handcuffed. The police vehicle was stopped before it struck anything.

"This is a scary situation for anyone in law enforcement, and I'm thankful that our officer was not hurt badly," said Chief Jerrod King. "He is to be commended for following his training and attempting to defuse the situation without force, but when it escalated, he used what force was necessary to effect the arrest. I want to give my sincere thanks to the citizens who stopped to help our officer in need. Thank you, from all of us at APD."

The officer is being treated for minor injuries. Davis was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, then brought to APD for an interview. He will be transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Davis was charged with carjacking, second-degree battery, resisting an officer, and disturbing the peace.