GPD: Officer punched in head during traffic stop


Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.

During a traffic stop for a headlight violation at about 1:30 a.m. Friday, a passenger who had a warrant out for his arrest punched an officer in the head twice before running away, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

Police say Brandon Tyree Jones, 20, of Gainesville, was not wearing a seat belt when officers approached the vehicle, which was stopped around the 700 block of Southeast 11th Street. As officers attempted to verify his identity, he provided two separate false Social Security numbers, both linked to women, the report said.

After Jones provided the second incorrect Social Security number, Cpl. Gerald Hunter attempted to place him in handcuffs, at which point Jones began to struggle and at one point broke free of the officer’s grasp, police said.

Jones then punched Hunter in the head twice before running away, according to the report. Shortly afterward, a police dog found Jones hiding on Lincoln Middle School property in the center of the school compound, GPD said.

Jones was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital to be treated for dog bites. While at the hospital, police say Jones asked another officer to put the K-9 that captured him to sleep.

Cpl. Hunter was not seriously harmed, according to GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

“Unfortunately, our officers do have to deal with behavior like this from time to time,” Tobias said. “I’m thankful that our officers were not injured as a result the suspect’s actions.”

Jones had a warrant out for his arrest for violating a felony probation stemming from 2010 charges of robbery and attempted aggravated battery.

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