Police use Taser to stop man charging with sledgehammer

Columbus police officers used a Taser to stop a man charging toward them with a sledgehammer late Tuesday on Smith Road.

Kenneth Hendricks, 43, was taken to The Medical Center after the 8:15 p.m. attack on Officer Matthew Kennedy. He was charged with one count each of aggravated assault on a police officer, driving under the influence and felony obstruction of a police officer. He is held in the Muscogee County Jail for an 8 a.m. Thursday hearing in Recorder's Court.

Kennedy, 45, wasn't injured in the assault, police said.

Kennedy and Cpl. Clayton Bartlett were sent to the Smith Road location to check on a domestic dispute. After arriving, they found that Hendricks had crashed his 1993 Toyota Tacoma pickup into a tree while intoxicated.

In a report, police said he was standing by the truck and yelling for officers to come and get him. Hendricks reached inside the truck and threw several items of clothing toward officers and approached them. He then picked up the clothing and returned to the truck.

While officers tried to talk to Hendricks, he reached into the truck and charged toward the officers with one hand behind his back. That's when officers saw the man raise a sledgehammer over his head. Officers used a Taser to stop him.

"Police ordered him numerous times to drop the hammer at which time he refused and was tased," police said.