Columbus crime: Man accused of trying to grab officer’s weapon, faces several charges

A man pulled over during a Tuesday afternoon traffic stop fought a police officer and tried to grab his weapons off his belt, Columbus police said.

Officer K.W. Jarrell spotted a Dodge Ram pickup truck turn left onto 42nd Street from Oates Avenue without stopping around 1:30 p.m. The officer caught up with the truck on Seventh Avenue, where it was stopped in the middle of the road, reports state.

Jarrell got out of his patrol car, and the truck began backing up. The officer then jumped back into his car, backed up and turned on his siren. The truck backed into an Oates Avenue driveway, and the officer again got out of his car and approached the truck, police said, adding that the driver apparently didn’t see Jarrell.

The officer asked the suspect for his license and proof of insurance, but the man told him his license was suspended before he reached for his glove box, reports state.

Jarrell then told him to get out of the truck and put his hands behind his back. That’s when the suspect started fighting the officer, at one point trying to grab Jarrell’s weapons off his belt, police said.

The suspect was then taken into custody, brought to a hospital and then to the Muscogee County Jail, reports state.

Louis Johnson, 50, faces charges in connection with the incident including obstruction of an officer, driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance and other traffic offenses, police report.