Man punched GPD officers outside liqour store, report says


Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:13 p.m.

A convicted felon most recently released from prison in October punched and kicked Gainesville police officers outside of a liquor store where he was accused of trespassing, according to a report from the Gainesville Police Department.

When Officers Garrett Courville and Cory Martin arrived at the Gator Liquor store at 1126 University Ave. in Gainesville, the clerk motioned to Joseph Simpson, 43, explaining that he was not allowed on the property, police said.

Simpson was standing in the business parking lot and appeared angry, Courville wrote in his report. As Simpson walked toward the patrol vehicle, he stated that he felt harassed and did not know why he wasn't being allowed at the business. GPD said.

When the officers asked for his identification, Simpson explained he did not have any because he had been recently released from prison. Simpson then became angry again and began yelling at the store clerk, police said.

Courville said he attempted to "re-focus" Simpson, who then "bowed up" at him, which he described as spreading his feet approximately shoulder-width apart, squaring his body toward the Courville and balling his fists while raising his elbows.

Believing Simpson was preparing to attack the officers, they asked him to turn around, which he did not do, police said. As officers attempted to place Simpson under arrest, he violently resisted, punching Martin in the chest and kicking him in the right thigh. A 6-foot-6 Simpson then kicked Courville multiple times as the officer attempted to get control of Simpson's legs, but was eventually handcuffed, police said.

En route to the Alachua County jail, Simpson admitted to officers that he had marijuana and a crack pipe in his possession, police said. Both items were located. Simpson is currently being held in the jail on two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer as well as possession of drug equipment and marijuana. His bond is set at $40,000.

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