Police: Animal investigation turns violent as man fights with police

Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.

An effort to investigate possible animal violations at a Gainesville home turned violent Thursday, police say, when the two men at the residence resisted attempts to question them, with one physically fighting with police and grabbing at an officer's pistol and Taser stun gun.

Officers with the Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Animal Services had responded around 9:15 a.m. to a home at 1521 SE 12th Ave. regarding numerous animal violations, police reported.

When officers arrived, a man later identified as Joel Calhoun, 46, exited the home. An Animal Services officer attempted to question Calhoun, but he told her, "I don't have to tell you anything."

The officer explained that because she was working on an active investigation, the man needed to identify himself, but again he refused.

The officer said she then was going to knock on the front door to see if anyone else was home, but Calhoun said, "You can't come on my property," and moved to block the officers.

After he refused again to identify himself, Calhoun was arrested on a charge of obstructing an officer without violence. Once in handcuffs, Calhoun then identified himself, police said.

Meantime, additional officers arrived to provide backup and made contact with Bobby C. Hopkins, 58, of 4409 NW 49th St., who also was at the residence. Hopkins also resisted officers' attempts to question him and, when asked for his identity, said, "You didn't come here for me, and I'm not giving you anything," police reported.

Hopkins then attempted to go back into the home and slam the door, but a GPD officer was able to stop the door and opened it fully. The officer grabbed Hopkins' left arm to prevent him from going into the home, but Hopkins grabbed the officer by his bulletproof vest and tried to slam him to the ground, police said.

During the struggle, Hopkins grabbed the officer's gun belt in the area of his pistol and Taser, causing the Taser to come unsnapped, police said. Multiple officers tried to get Hopkins off the officer, during which Hopkins kicked another officer, police said.

It was only after Hopkins was struck multiple times and shot with a Taser that he was taken into custody, police said. He then was charged with resisting arrest with and without violence.

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