"Joseph was a little out of sorts because of how things went at the hearing," Brisco told the paper. "The officer threatened to lock him up and a scuffle broke out. Joseph was resisting, and that's when there was a scuffle."
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien told the newspaper the teen was also upset by a judge's order that he continue to wear an electronic monitoring device.
The boy's grandmother told the newspaper the deputy should have used a stun gun.
"There was no reason why that cop would have been terrified of Joey," Geraldine Hayes said.
The deputy, who has not been identified, sustained bruises and cuts consistent with someone who'd been in a hand-to-hand confrontation, Keith Ferrell, executive vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police lodge that represents Franklin County deputies, said Thursday.
"It sounds like the deputy had no choice," Ferrell said.
The hearing involved a firearms charge against the boy, Rick Minerd, investigations chief with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday.
FormerNavy wrote:Wonder if the boy went for the deputy's gun or the deputy thought he was going for his gun.
A deputy was “viciously attacked” by a 16-year-old boy and his family in an Ohio courthouse after a hearing Wednesday, a police union spokesperson said Thursday -- despite the instance of the slain teen’s family that excessive force was used.
A police union spokesman, who is representing the unnamed deputy, disputed reports Thursday the encounter was a “scuffle,” saying it was an “attack” on the officer.
“He responded, came in there and was violently attacked by multiple people,” the spokesman said at a news conference.
Referring to the deputy’s injuriest, the spokesman said: “What was very clear to me in my experience is that he was attacked and this was a fight for his life at some point. He was assaulted.”
Haynes' grandmother, Geraldine, told FOX28 Columbus the deputy and the teen’s mother got into an argument. Investigators said the deputy was knocked to the ground and was “under attack.” But Geraldine disputed that account.
"There was no reason why that cop would have been terrified of Joey,"
She added: "Joey went over, grabbed him by his shoulders and the guy slung him around and slung Joey to the ground. And then he got on top of Joey. And then Joey's hands were up in the air like that and the cop with his hand down by his side and the gun went off. He pulled the trigger on my grandson."
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