Chandler Q. Saxton, the Columbus man accused of pulling a gun on a police officer as he was being handcuffed early Sunday, was in Columbus Recorder's Court this morning.
Saxton, 31, faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a pistol without a license, obstruction of an officer and possession of marijuana. He pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance to all the the charges.
Officer Nathan Tooley observed Saxton walking along 13th Street at Third Avenue around 2 a.m., reports state. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants and had a hood over his head, which matched a description of a criminal suspect wanted in connection with a recent armed robbery on Macon Road.
Tooley asked the man how he was doing and whether he had any ID on him. The suspect cursed at the officer and started running, Tooley testified in court.
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The officer caught up with Saxton moments later in the parking lot of Regions Bank on 13th Street and handcuffed him. The officer then rolled him onto his side so he could stand up. At this time, Tooley's back up came.
That’s when the suspect, while handcuffed, pulled a silver .380-caliber pistol from the back of his pants and pointed it at the officer. Tooley testified in court that he immediately kicked the weapon out of Saxton's hand with his right foot and proceeded to search the suspect. The gun was loaded, Tooley said, and there was a one bullet in the chamber.
Saxton was arrested and booked into the Muscogee County Jail.
Following this morning's testimony, Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinksi assessed Saxton a more than $16,000 bond and sent his over to superior court.