What Columbus Police Officer Chad Haynes saw while driving on Veterans Parkway at 3:45 a.m. Saturday during a rainstorm was a man standing in the middle of the road.
It was just north of Eighth Street when Haynes saw the suspect — a shirtless man with a handkerchief covering the bottom of his face, a baseball cap pulled low and who wore khaki pants, reports state.
Haynes moved into the center lane to avoid hitting the man, then pulled over his car and approached. He asked what the man was doing. The officer then grabbed the suspect by the arm when the man tried to bite him, police said.
The officer pulled his Taser and used it on the suspect. He fell, got up and pointed at Haynes as if he had something in his hand, reports state.
Haynes pulled his gun and told the man to get on the ground, but instead he began to run. The officer chased him to Seventh Street, where he tackled the suspect and they began to fight, police report.
While fighting, the man tried to grab Haynes’ gun from its holster. Haynes forced his hand away, and the man was taken into custody.
The suspect, identified by police as Domonique Smith, 22, is charged with attempted removal of a weapon from a public official, obstruction of an officer and loitering, reports state.