Police officer assaulted, injured
Patrolman Dezmon Drayton of Summerville Police Department responded to a call on Violet Drive in the Robywyn subdivision Saturday night and ended up fighting for his life.
Called for trespassing after notice, Drayton attempted to remove Tyreece Raheam Stokes from the property. Stokes had been issued a Trespass Notice in mid-July to stay away from the residence.
As they began walking away from the residence, the victim called out to Drayton and had him retrieve an eight-inch-long kitchen knife out of Stoke’s side pocket. Because he had a weapon, Drayton proceeded to attempt to put him in handcuffs and Stokes resisted striking the officer in the throat stunning him and causing him to fall backwards.
Stokes then began to hit the officer in the head with his fists and choke him.
According to the officer’s report he felt he was going to lose his life and began thinking he would have to shoot Stokes.
At that point the victim and another witness came to try and help the officer by attempting to pull Stokes off of him.
Drayton was able to get Stokes off his chest and onto his side on the ground where he was able to hit him “with his fists” trying to get control.
Backup arrived and deployed a Taser, which had no effect on Stokes.
Other officers took over and managed to finally get Stokes in handcuffs and attempted to get him in a patrol car. He continued to resist and eventually officers had to use a Fireman’s lift to get him to the car.
He was charged with Aggravated Assault – first degree; Assault and Battery on Police While Resisting Arrest; Stalking First Degree; and Trespass After Notice. He was taken to Dorchester County Detention Center.
According to the witnesses who saw the entire struggle, Stokes tried to take the officer’s duty pistol as well.
In the meantime, Drayton was having trouble breathing and lost consciousness, falling. EMS responded to the scene and transported him to Summerville Medical Center where he was treated for throat and head injuries and released the following day.
Prior to leaving the scene, however, he thanked the victim and others who, he said, “saved my life.”