GALLIPOLIS — Zachary Taylor, 24, of Gallipolis, was recently sentenced to serve 11 months in prison for the attempted assault of a peace officer, a fifth-degree felony.
On Feb. 24, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic violence situation at the Buckridge Apartments in Bidwell. Upon arrival, the deputy on duty attempted to secure the individuals at the residence. Taylor allegedly became agitated and began to resist the arrest of the deputy. Taylor also allegedly attempted to grab the deputy’s taser, which had been drawn for deputy safety. A tussle ensued for control of the taser with both the deputy and Taylor going to the ground.
Ultimately, Taylor was subdued and cuffed before being arrested.
“On July 13, 2015, the defendant was placed on community control for the attempted assault due to the fact that Ohio law requires community control if the defendant does not have a prior felony conviction,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins.”This defendant failed to report to his community control officer as ordered and, therefore, we requested his control be revoked and that he be sent to prison for his underlying felony.”
“Our officers here in the county do an excellent job and are asked to run toward situations most would run away from,” said Adkins.
“Thankfully, there were no significant injuries to anyone involved and the deputy was able to make an arrest,” Adkins continued. “Our officers should not have to deal with the type of dismal behavior exhibited by this defendant. The first chance we were able to see an avenue for prison for this defendant, we pursued it. This defendant now will have eleven months in prison to think about his actions. I remain committed to standing up for and protecting all law enforcement officers in this county as they put their lives on the line for us every single day. They and their families deserve nothing less.”