A dispute over an eviction notice turned violent after two men hit each other with a table leg, an officer was bitten and a Rock Hill man was taken to the York County Detention Center in restraints.
Gary Blackwell, 43, was arrested and charged Tuesday with first-degree assault and battery, second-degree assault and battery, two counts of public disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest after officers say he hit a man with a table leg after he was served an eviction notice, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.
An officer responded Tuesday afternoon to a house on Lesslie Highway after an individual was reportedly struck in the head with a table leg. When the officer arrived, the report states Blackwell emerged with a laceration on his forehead and told the officer he was struck by the victim. The victim also emerged from the house and had a laceration on his head.
Blackwell was taken by ambulance to Piedmont Medical Center.
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The victim told the officer that Blackwell became angry after he was served with an eviction notice. According to the report, Blackwell attempted to get into the residence in order to harm the homeowner, who the victim said was defenseless and had cancer.
The victim told the officer he had to use force to keep Blackwell from entering the home, but Blackwell picked up the table leg and struck the victim on the head with it. The victim struck Blackwell in self-defense, according to the report.
Police had been dispatched to the home earlier this week for a report of disorderly conduct against Blackwell, the report states. The victim told the officer on Monday that he was going to start the eviction process against Blackwell.
When two officers went to the hospital on Tuesday to serve Blackwell with third-degree assault and battery, public disorderly conduct and trespassing on railroad tracks, Blackwell resisted, the report states.
After Blackwell was placed in a patrol car, he unbuckled his seatbelt and hit his head on the shield in the back of the car numerous times as officers were driving.
He stood up and leaned out of a halfway open window in the back seat, before officers stopped to prevent him from jumping out of a moving car.
Blackwell hit an officer in the face with his right knee, the report states. He later bit the same officer in his left upper arm. The officers removed Blackwell from the car before requesting backup from to control him.
As help arrived on the scene, an officer applied leg shackles t before police loaded Blackwell on a stretcher and into restraints, the report states.
York County Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris told The Herald the officers are fine. Blackwell was being held Wednesday at the York County Detention Center.