Chandler Q. Saxton, the Columbus man accused of pulling a gun on a police officer as he was being handcuffed early Sunday, will have his first appearance hearing in court this morning.
Saxton, 31, was seen 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, police said.
Officer Nathan 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, reports show.
Tooley caught up with the suspect moments later and handcuffed him. The officer then rolled him onto his side so he could stand up.
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.
Saxton was booked into the Muscogee County Jail and charged with 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.
Saxton’s Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. today.