BARNETT, BRANDON TODD
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
OBSTRUCTING OR HINDERING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
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On Friday, November 4, 2022, at approximately 5:47 p.m., I, Deputy Miguel Ocon, was dispatched to [2200 BLOCK] Sandy Creek Road, Madison, Georgia, in reference to a domestic dispute that led to an arrest.
Upon my arrival, I saw a woman who was crying hysterically. The woman had visible scratches and marks on her arms. I asked if she was okay and she stated yes. I asked about the marks and she stated it is from her nerves. I identified that woman as Mrs. [VICTIM #1]. Mrs. [VICTIM #1] was the complainant of the domestic incident. I asked Mrs. [VICTIM #1] what happened and she stated her son was outside smashing things and threatening her which caused her to be afraid for her life and call 911.
Mrs. [VICTIM #1] stated her son Brandon was wielding an aluminum bat outside and was smashing a television out by the barn. Brandon was walking outside the house with the bat swinging it in an up and down motion. Mrs. [VICTIM #1] stated earlier during the day, she told her son Brandon to wash his clothes, and Mrs. [VICTIM #1] stated Brandon flung his headset at the wall while inside his room.
Mrs. [VICTIM #1] noticed her son was upset about moving out of the house tomorrow November 5, 2022. Sometime later during the day, Mrs. [VICTIM #1] was outside when her son Brandon stepped outside and stated he was going to “slap anyone, even if it is my mama”. Mrs. [VICTIM #1] also stated Brandon was being very verbally aggressive by using a lot of cuss words.
While I was talking to Mrs. [VICTIM #1] outside the house, I saw a heavy set white male exit the back door of the house onto the patio. Mrs. [VICTIM #1]’s brother was on scene by me when he stated “that’s him, that’s Brandon”. I saw Mr. Brandon Barnett look straight at me, square up at me from a distance, and grunt. After doing so, Mr. Barnett walked back towards the house, and slammed the back door.
I heard him slam the door as I was approaching. When I got to the door, Mr. Barnett had locked the door. I physically saw Mr. Barnett walk into a separate room on the left down the hallway and also slam that door. I asked Mrs. [VICTIM #1] if there are any weapons inside the house and she stated Mr. Barnett only has knives. Captain Brandon Sellers #806, was on scene as well as Deputy Cameron Pound #847.
Captain Sellers was able to breach the door and open it. Deputy Pound and I entered the residence. I was less lethal with my Taser out and Deputy Pound was lethal with his service pistol out. We entered the room where Mr. Barnett walked into and Deputy Pound located Mr. Barnett sitting down inside the closet. I walked over to Deputy Pound and saw Mr. Barnett holding a knife in his left hand. Mr. [Barnett] was sitting down with his hands crossed and his knife in his left hand gripping it.
A total of four separate commands were given to drop the knife. On the last command, Mr. Barnett picked up his right hand and pointed at my captain in an aggressive manner saying “you don’t fu*kin talk to me…” and I deployed my Taser. The Taser was effective and Mr. Barnett still had the knife in his left hand after the five second cycle. I then tased Mr. Barnett a second time.
After the second time being tased, Deputy Pound successfully removed the knife from his hand. Mr. Barnett was asked to step out of the closet and on his stomach. Mr. Barnett was placed under arrest and the prongs were removed from his body by me. Mr. Barnett was struck on the chest and on his left middle finger. I requested E.M.S. to be dispatched and to check his injuries.
Taser serial number X1200C8XH and cartridge number C4108MTYE were used by me. Mr. Barnett was placed in the back seat of my patrol vehicle. Mr. Barnett was medically cleared by E.M.S. I walked back inside the room and walked around the area with my body worn camera to clear the scene. I also located the same bat that Mr. Barnett was using outside to break the television.
I took the camo color Ozark Trail Mossy Oak fixed blade knife that Mr. Barnett was holding into evidence at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. It was labeled on property receipt A 4490 and placed into locker number A 006. Mr. Barnett was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center for the booking process. Mr. Barnett was released to the jail staff without incident.
I will be taking two warrants out through EZ Warrant for obstruction of law enforcement officer and reckless conduct. I also completed a use of force report per Morgan County Sheriff’s Office policy. Mrs. [VICTIM #1] was able to provide me with a written statement form by her and Mrs. [REDACTED].
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