Family fight leads to aggravated assault arrest
A Fourth of July holiday gathering escalated out of control and resulted in an arrest of an Orange County man.
Thomas Arby Butler III, 35, was arrested Wednesday at a residence located in the 16000 block of Highway 12. According to Clint Hodgkinson, Deputy Chief, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, a family member called the OSCO ealier in the day about a family fight. A deputy arrived and managed to calm the situation down.
However, a 9-1-1 call later came again to the OSCO regarding a family disturbance at the same residence. But, it was reportedly interrupted by Butler who had grabbed the phone and smashed it to the ground.
A deputy was dispatched to the scene. When he arrived Butler was reportedly highly irate. He yelled at the officer and claimed he could not be there because there was “no warrant.” Butler allegedly told the officer to leave. To gain control of the escalating situation, the deputy used his Taser on Butler. However, the Taser had little effect on the outraged man.
Butler allegedly got up from the ground and went into the residence to retrieve a shotgun, according to reports.
The deputy retreated and called for backup. A family member inside the residence managed to take the gun from Butler.
The officers managed to located Butler in a bedroom of the residence and take him into custody without any injuries to all involved.Charges were filed on Butler for aggravated assault of a peace officer and interference of a 9-1-1 call. He was arraigned by Justice Of the Peace, Pct. 1, David Peck. Bond was set at bonds totalling more than $100,000. He has since posted bond and was released from the Orange County Jail.
Written by Debby Schamber