• Damon DeMarquis Vanderbilt, of Marlin,was taken to Falls County Jail on the charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.
    Damon DeMarquis Vanderbilt, of Marlin,was taken to Falls County Jail on the charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.

Carjacking attempt on Sheriff’s Deputy fails

As the July 4 holiday came to an end, a Falls County Deputy battled an assailant who attempted to take his patrol vehicle while on duty, wielding two knives.

Around 11 p.m. that night, while working in his vehicle in the Falls Community Hospital Parking Lot, an assailant came at the officer from behind.

“He [the deputy] was confronted by an individual in the parking lot who appeared to be under the influence of illegal substances,” said Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman.

One knife was held to the deputy’s throat as the subject proceeded to demand the keys to the SUV. 

When the deputy refused to comply with the demand, the individual attempted to unholster the deputy’s gun, which caused a  “physical altercation,” according to a press release.

The deputy called for backup during the altercation, but proceeded to subdue the subject before help arrived

After a wrestling match, the deputy managed to get the offender on the ground and in handcuffs, according to Falls County Chief Deputy Derrick Johnson.

Later identified as Damon DeMarquis Vanderbilt, of Marlin, the attacker was taken to Falls County Jail on the charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.

It is unknown if there are additional charges to be filed at this time.

Marlin and Lott Police Department officers responded to the call for backup along with additional Falls County Sheriff’s Deputies. The deputy, who remains unknown, was able to return to duty after recovery time and walked away from the incident with minimal injuries. 

The Marlin Democrat

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