Police: Columbus man tries to grab officer’s weapon during arrest

Keiaire Ladarius Walker
Keiaire Ladarius Walker

A 20-year-old man was being arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a forgery incident at the Columbus Bank & Trust on Veterans Parkway when he tried to grab an officer’s weapon, according to a police report.

Keiaire Ladarius Walker faces one count of first-degree forgery, five counts of felony obstruction and one count of attempting to remove a Taser.

Walker allegedly presented a forged check for approximately $1,296 at a CB&T Bank on Thursday. Five officers were taking him into custody on the scene around 3:30 p.m. when he began to resist arrest, according to police.

Columbus Police Maj. J.D. Hawk said the struggle began in the lobby of the bank and continued outside the business. Police “dry-stunned” and pepper sprayed the suspect in an attempt to subdue him, but he continued to resist.

An officer was tackling Walker to the ground when the suspect allegedly reached for his stun gun. He was eventually apprehended and transported to the hospital, where he was treated before being booked into the Muscogee County Jail.

Three of the officers were also treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during the incident. One of the officers had two broken bones in his right hand but none of them had life-threatening injuries.

They have all since been released.

Walker is set to appear in Columbus Recorder’s Court at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92