PULASKI COUNTY, Mo.– Reports of a man striking at cars with a shovel ended in a police confrontation and one charged with 1st-degree assault.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to reports of the man with a shovel at Holiday Lane off of Highway Y at about 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday. One report said the man entered the road and purposely struck their vehicle with his shovel.
Authorities said Michael Payton was located walking in the middle of a highway, ignoring verbal commands and walking in what police said was an aggressive manner towards a responding deputy.
Payton is described to have been carrying a shovel, pickaxe and a hammer. As he approached the deputy, a taser was deployed but police said it was ineffective. A struggle ensued in which OC spray, or pepper spray, was deployed and was effective but did not stop Payton from reaching for his tools during the struggle.
Another taser was deployed, two more deputies arrived and Payton was placed in handcuffs.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department said one of the responding deputies received injuries during the struggle but is expected to return to duty.
Authorities said they attempted to give medical attention to Payton but he was deemed too violent and combative and was transported to Pulaski County Jail. After arriving at the jail, medical attention was provided and he was transported to receive further medical evaluation.
Payton was charged with 1st-degree assault and resisting arrest. A court date has not yet been scheduled.
The motive of Payton is still unknown. Police said the investigation is still ongoing.