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Bristol man charged with choking and hitting deputy

Ralph Bradley Whitfield

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor
A Bristol man is being held without bond after fighting with deputies who responded to a call about a physical altercation at his home Jan. 4.
According to reports from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, deputies went to the home of Ralph Bradley Whitfield, 49, after being notified he had hit a woman several times.
While en route they were notified that Whitfield was wanted on an in-county warrant and his bond on a previous arrest had been revoked. They were all aware that he keeps numerous firearms at home, according to the arrest report.
When deputies arrived, Whitfield denied the woman’s allegations. After deputies told him they had warrants for his arrest, Whitfield began stepping back into the residence.
When deputies reached for him, he pushed away. Deputy Joseph Sellers managed to grab him from behind but couldn’t reach Whitfield’s hands to cuff him. When Deputy Heath Cutshaw attempted to grab his arm, Whitfield struck him on his nose, grabbed him by the throat and began choking him.
The deputy managed to grab Whitfield’s arm and pull it away from his throat. Cutshaw then reached for his taser and warned Whitfield he was about to use it. Whitfield then ceased struggling, was handcuffed and taken to the county jail.
He is charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting an officer with violence.

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January 12th, 2018


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