Police arrest Dubberly man on battery charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police had a run-in with a south Webster Parish man after he tried to remove a horse from the Minden Rodeo Arena.

Michael Brunson Jr., 30, of the 1700 block of Hwy. 516, Dubberly, is charged with resisting by force or violence and battery of an officer.

Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Chris Cayer and Sgt. M. Griffith were dispatched to the arena around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“The complainant said the Brunsons removed a horse from his trailer without his permission,” Cropper said. “The Brunsons were very argumentative and refused to listen to Sgt. Griffith.”

The chief said Griffith was trying to give the Brunsons verbal commands when a male approached in an aggressive stance.

“The male, Michael Brunson, shoved Sgt. Griffith and attempted to strike him in the face,” Cropper said. “Ofc. Cayer grabbed Brunson and used a hip toss to place him on the ground. He then laid on top of the suspect to restrain him.”

At that point, Brunson reportedly began striking Cayer in the face with a closed fist.

“As Cayer was separating from the subject, Brunson kicked him the face,” said the chief. “Sgt. Griffith deploy his taser and gave the loud verbal command ‘taser, taser, taser’ and then tased Brunson.”

Brunson was booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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