Body cams show Burke County Halloween fight with deputies
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock/NBC at 7
BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Four of the five people arrested at a Halloween party in Burke County have been identified.
Davon Jones, Michael Jones Sr., Michael Jones Jr., and Shameana Spencer were taken into custody
It happened Saturday night at Burkestone Apartments. The family tells us they were having a family costume party when deputies knocked on their door.
"Our deputies were there with the K9's on foot just patrolling the apartment complex," Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said.
Burke County deputies say they were doing an area check of the apartments to follow up on drug usage complaints. They say they smelled marijuana while they were approaching one of the buildings.
Deputies say that's when one person broke away from the group and ran towards an apartment. They arrived at that apartment, allegedly smelled something suspicious, and asked to go enter the apartment.
"We had a fog machine fogging up the inside of the apartment," Kashawan Lawson, one of the people who attended the party, said. "That's where the smoke was from. We had kids in there and there was no marijuana smoke or none of that in there."
Lawson says it was his brother's apartment. His step-father, Jones, Sr., answered the door. Deputies say Jones pushed one of the other deputies.
"A number of them came out of the apartment, started a verbal altercation, and it turned physical," Williams said.
"Nobody got physical with them," Lawson said.
But body cameras worn by the deputies show things escalated quickly.
A sheriff's office report says someone tried to grab a deputy's gun. Later, one man was stunned twice with a stun gun and continued to fight deputies.
After that, the report says Jones tried to use a stun gun on one of the deputies.
"It's unfortunate that this happened in a family atmosphere," Williams said. "It's unfortunate that it happened in the presence of children, but we were simply responding to their inappropriate behavior."
The sheriff's office says those arrested had no prior violent criminal record. One had a misdemeanor cruelty to children charges.
Williams believes all his deputies acting within policy and proper use of force.