TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Vigo County Sheriff's Office says a deputy was hospitalized after a wanted person started an altercation Saturday morning.
The altercation began after deputies received a call about the whereabouts of Jonathan Crabb. Police say he had a warrant out for his arrest out of Division One court. After Saturday's altercation, he will likely face several more charges.
Sgt. Rory Leech found Crabb in the area of Lafayette and East Hollywood Avenues in Terre Haute just before 11 AM. Police say Crabb ran aggressively toward Leech, assaulting and punching him while attempting to gouge out his eye. Crabb then told Leech to "shoot him" and tried going for his weapon.
Officials say Leech called for assistance and Terre Haute Police officers arrived at the scene within minutes. THPD officers then used a taser on Crabb before arresting him.
They say both Crabb and Leech went to the hospital for injuries but have since been released.
Sheriff John Plasse says he is grateful his deputy is safe.
"We are very fortunate, it was a very bad situation, but it could have been a lot worse," he said. "Had he been able to over-power my deputy and gain control of his weapon, we may be having another death here in Vigo County. It's senseless for someone to attack an officer. If you have a warrant for you and you did something wrong, face the music. Be a man about it. Go to court and face it. Don't fight with my deputies. Don't come out here and make it worse that it already is."
Police say Crabb is now in the Vigo County Jail, where he faces several charges. Additionally, Sheriff Plasse says Seargant Leech will return to the doctor on Monday for an X-ray of his shoulder. He will remain off duty until he is 100% recovered.