Officer assaulted while attempting arrest

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Raymond Alfonzo Mazyck, Jr., was arrested Oct. 25, on multiple charges after resisting arrest and attempting to punch a police officer. Summerville Police attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop around 10:30 p.m., after observing Mazyck make a turn left of center then drive down West Luke St., left of the center line. When Mazyck pulled into a driveway on West Luke, a passenger jumped out of the vehicle, throwing a bottle of beer on the ground, and ran off. Police ordered the driver (Mazyck) to exit the vehicle and show his hands. Mazyck exited but did not show his hands, so the two officers drew their weapons instructing him repeatedly to show his hands. Once he did, they holstered their weapons.

Mazyck was then asked for his license, which he refused to produce, yelling and acting in a boisterous manner. Mazyck demanded the police tell him why they stopped him but kept interrupting their response. He then began shouting for the occupants of the house to come outside.

Mazyck went to the windows of the house banging on them for the occupants to come out. The officers requested additional units and instructed Mazyck to return to the rear of his vehicle, which, eventually, he did. When Mazyck continued to ignore requests for his driver’s license he was told if he did not produce it he would be arrested. He responded “take me to jail.”

When the officer attempted to place Mazyck in handcuffs, Mazyck pulled away and took an aggressive stance. He was told he would be Tased if he continued to fail to comply. At this time a crowd from the house was forming outside, and the officer chose to deescalate the situation by putting his Taser away. He asked again for the driver’s license and Mazyck put it on the bed of the truck saying “I am not going to give it to you, but you can take it if you want it.”

The officer retrieved the license and asked for the vehicle registration and insurance card. While Mazyck was sorting through papers for the registration, the officer observed an open bottle of Bud Light in the cup holder. He then attempted to place Mazyck in handcuffs when Mazyck pulled away and punched the officer. The officer ducked to avoid the hit and felt the fist graze his nose. The movement knocked him off balance and he fell backwards. By this time backup had arrived and other officers wrestled Mazyck to the ground. They ordered Mazyck to put his hands behind his back. Mazyck refused. An officer performed a “drive stun” with his Taser. Mazyck still refused and another was executed at which point Mazyck provided officers with his hands.

A search of Mazyck‘s person resulted in a plastic bag of white powder that tested presumptive for cocaine. Further, police determined Mazyck’s license to be suspended and had outstanding warrants from bother Berkeley and Dorchester County Sheriff’s departments.

Mazyck then began complaining of dehydration and EMS was called. Mazyck was transported to Summervill Medical Center to ensure nothing was wrong. He was then remanded to the Dorchester County Detention Center.

He was charged with Driving Under Suspension, Open Container, Failure to Surrender Suspended License, Assault on a Police Officer and Possession of Cocaine Base.

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