June 23, 2018
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Police use stun gun on husband and wife after police say they assaulted deputy

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WARREN, Maine — A husband and wife were arrested Wednesday afternoon after police said they assaulted a deputy who responded to a complaint alleging the man threatened someone.

Donald Demmons, 48, and Sherrie Demmons, 47, were arrested at their home on the North Pond Road, according to a news release from Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

Deputy Nathaniel Jack and Sgt. James Moore went to the residence to speak to Donald Demmons regarding a complaint alleging he made threats to an employee of a company that provided services to him. Carroll said he did not want to release more details about the threat.

Demmons refused to come out of the house but did talk with Deputy Jack while standing in the doorway. Based on that conversation and the complaint, deputies were prepared to arrest Donald Demmons for threatening, according to the news release.

Demmons attempted to close the door, and Deputy Jack stepped in to arrest him. As Deputy Jack was trying to restrain Demmons, Sherrie Demmons stepped in and pushed Jack while yelling at him, according to police. Deputy Jack pulled out his stun gun and told Donald Demmons to comply.

Sherrie Demmons lunged at the deputy and kicked him, police reported. Donald Demmons then grabbed his wife and used her as a shield from Deputy Jack. Jack holstered his stun gun and again attempted to grab the husband to arrest him, but Donald Demmons reached out and struck the deputy in the face with his open hand and knocked him back, according to the department. Jack drew his stun gun again and used it on Donald Demmons, knocking him to the floor. The wife then charged at the deputy, and Jack used a second stun gun on her, putting her to the floor as well, police said.

The deputy eventually was able to handcuff both and have them taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

Both were charged with assault, obstructing government administration and refusing to submit to arrest. Donald Demmons also was charged with terrorizing. All the charges are Class D offenses, punishable by up to a year in jail.

Both were released on bail Wednesday night.

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