Physical fight with RPD officer leads to arrest  

An Arcadia male was arrested Jan. 1 after a physical altercation led to police being called and finding out about his outstanding bench warrants. 

A Ruston Police officer saw two males fighting in the parking lot at 601 Martin Luther King Drive and attempted to break up the fight using sirens. Anthony Jackson, 44, started to walk away from the unit, despite the officer calling for him to stop. Jackson walked in store, and the officer followed him inside. 

The RPD officer asked Jackson to step outside and became agitated when the officer placed his hand on Jackson’s back to walk out of the store. Jackson began to resist, and the officer attempted to place Jackson in handcuffs for safety. 

Jackson then grabbed the officer and tried to take him to the ground. The officer called for backup, and Jackson knocked the officer’s radio attachment from the officer’s chest and pushed the officer to the ground. He got on top of the officer and put his forearm on the officer’s neck and chin, which caused the officer’s face to strike the ground and caused swelling on his face. 

Another RPD officer arrived and saw Jackson and the officer in a physical fight. The first officer drew his Tazer and attempted to stun the subject. Jackson grabbed the Tazer with both hands and attempted to overpower the officer and point the Tazer in the officer’s face. The officer was able to regain control of the Tazer, and Jackson was arrested. 

Jackson refused to give his name or date of birth, but while at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center and after a brief investigation, Jackson was identified and determined to have three Ruston city bench warrants.  

Jackson was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Bond was set at $59,750. 

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