Man charged with assaulting officer

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STANTONSBURG — Police say an officer sustained cuts and scrapes in a scuffle with a town resident involved in a fight early Monday.

Stantonsburg and Wilson police and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies responded to a large fight on the 200 block of Moyton Avenue around 3 a.m., Stantonsburg Police Chief Orlando Rosario said. Authorities broke up the fight and one man involved, 21-year-old Dejuan Briggs of Stantonsburg, ran away when officers told him he was being charged with trespassing.

K-9 Officer Terry Williams Jr. chased Briggs and apprehended him after several blocks. Rosario said Briggs refused to comply with orders and resisted Williams’ efforts to arrest him.

Briggs was charged with second-degree trespassing, resisting a public officer and assault on a government official and booked into the Wilson County Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond.

Photos posted to the Stantonsburg Police Department Facebook page showed a scrape on Williams’ wrist and a skinned elbow.

“Officer Williams is in good spirit,” Rosario wrote. “He has additional uniforms and will be back on the streets ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of Stantonsburg on his next shift.”

Rosario concluded the Facebook post with a quote from the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”