Rock Hill police officer injured while making arrest

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 11, 2014 

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— A Rock Hill Police officer injured his finger and fell on his rib cage as he struggled with a suspect who fought against officers who intervened during a dispute with family members early Tuesday, authorities say.

Police were sent to a Pearson Drive home, off Mount Holly Road, after a woman, 47, reported that Devon Erby, 24, had been arguing with and threatening his brother, according to a Rock Hill police report. When police arrived, they noted that he was “highly agitated, yelling and persistently using profanity.”

Erby decided to leave, taking his 2-year-old son with him. As he left, he continued to yell at his mother and brother, and lightly pushed his son on the head to move him towards the door, the report states. Once outside, Erby planned to make his son walk one mile to their home on Chestnut Street. Police instructed Erby to carry his son. Erby picked up his child and began to leave, but as he walked away, he stopped in the middle of the road and resumed yelling and shouting profanities.

Police informed Erby he was under arrest, the report states. After an officer placed his left hand in restraints, Erby wrestled his right arm away from the officer and began to struggle. During the scuffle, the officer lost his balance and fell on the ground, injuring his right pinkie finger and the left side of his rib cage. Another officer managed to force Erby to the ground and, after a brief struggle again, police placed his right arm in restraints.

Erby was taken to jail, where he was charged with resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct. By Tuesday afternoon, he was still in jail on a $25,000 bond.

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