Pepper Spray and Taser Prove Useless on Suspect, Deputy Injured in Arrest Attempt

Sumter, SC (WLTX)--Pepper spray and tasers proved useless this morning, when Sumter County sheriff's deputies worked to subdue a suspect and take him into custody. The deputies and the suspect got into fight with the man, and were finally able to handcuff him and take him into custody.

This all happened around 9:00 a.m., along Plowden Mill Road. Deputies say they were responding to a call about a man wearing pajamas blocking the road. The first deputy on the scene man contact with the man and identified him as someone who had an outstanding warrant for arrest. The sheriff's department says the deputy called for backup, which is procedure.

When the second deputy arrived, the duo tried to arrest the man, but deputies say that led to a fight. Deputies say they tased the man twice with no result. Pepper spray was also used to try and get the man under control. That didn't work either. The fight continued and the deputies were finally able to get handcuffs on the man.

He is identified as 34-year-old Scott Irving Ketchum. Ketchum is charged with assault and battery, resisting arrest and assault. He was decontaminated and taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. 

One of the deputies received a cut during the scuffle. That deputy was transported to a treatment center, and is expected to be ok.

 


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