Sheriff: Suspect tried to take gun from deputy, choke officer K-9

Skyler Williams was arrested on suspicion of several charges Friday morning. (Moniteau County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies arrested a 31-year-old man Friday morning following a traffic stop and alleged assault on law enforcement.

A release from Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley stated deputies had conducted the stop on U.S. Highway 50 and Forrest Road, suspecting a vehicle of an equipment violation. Deputies asked the driver, identified as Skyler Williams, to step out of the vehicle for a search.

Williams, of California, then ran back to the vehicle and tried to retrieve a handgun from the inside. Deputies grabbed Williams and used a taser, but it had no effect, a release stated.

The suspect then tried to take a handgun from a deputy's holster. Sheriff's K-9 Apollo engaged Williams, but the suspect tried choke the K-9, according to the release.

California police officers arrived and deployed a taser on Williams, after he which he was taken into custody.

Deputies found methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, digital scales and marijuana, the release stated. The meth and marijuana seized appeared to be packaged for sale. Deputies also found a 9mm semi-auto handgun in the front seat area of the vehicle, the release stated.

Williams was booked into the Moniteau County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

He was arrested on suspicion of:

  • distribution of controlled substance (meth)
  • distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana)
  • four counts of assault (Special Victim law enforcement)
  • unlawful use of a weapon
  • disarming a police officer in the performance of his duties
  • resisting arrest
  • assault on a police animal
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