Deputy to undergo MRI after weekend scuffle with suspect
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

May 13, 2005 - A scuffle over the weekend resulted in a Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputy being treated at the hospital and a 20-year-old Sulphur Springs man being jailed for assaulting a police officer.

Deputy Dennis Findley was slated to undergo MRI testing Wednesday to determine the extent of injuries sustained in the incident, which resulted in his shoulder being wrenched out of place. Doctors said Monday it did not appear the rotator cuff was injured but that the shoulder may have sustained muscle damage. Findley will remain off-duty until at least May 17, pending the results of testing.

According to sheriff’s reports, the incident occurred when Findley went to a residence on County Road 4777 just off State Highway 19 north for the second time Saturday. The first time the property owners complained to deputies that juveniles were tearing up property and attempting to remove a trailer from the location. Findley reported to the area again about an hour later after receiving a second call, and at about 3:30 p.m. took 20-year-old Johnathan Scott Shelton into custody for disorderly conduct.

Shelton, who was in handcuffs, was being taken to a patrol vehicle when he began to resist and a scuffle ensued, according to reports. Findley’s shoulder was wrenched out of place, rendering that arm useless, and the deputy was unable to reach his weapon or emergency call button to summon help. The scuffle concluded with Findley knocking Shelton to the ground and laying across him until Cpl. Jimmy White and Sgt. Victor Cosme arrived a short time later to assist him.

Shelton was taken to the county jail and charged with felony assault on a public servant, along with the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. He was arraigned Sunday morning, given credit for time served on the disorderly conduct charge and released later in the day on a $10,000 attorney bond on the felony assault charge, according to jail records.

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