By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man faces prison time for striking a Yukon police officer.
Amado M. Ruiz-Medina, 43, was formally charged Feb. 11 in Canadian County District Court with assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery, obstruction of a police officer and domestic abuse assault.
The felony case stems from an incident Jan. 29 at a home in the 700 block of Teakwood Ave. Allegations are detailed in a Yukon police report.
Several officers responded about 3 a.m. that morning to a physical domestic in progress.
Medina reportedly told officer Terry Hubbard, “no, you are going to have to shoot me” when ordered to stay outside the house as police arrived on scene.
The suspect appeared drunk when he allegedly pushed the front screen door, striking the approaching officer in the arm.
“Amado took a step towards me in an aggressive manner with his fist balled,” according to Hubbard’s report. “It appeared he was going to try to punch me and I took a step back.”
Sgt. Dustin Biggs then approached and commanded Ruiz-Medina to get down, but the man allegedly did not comply and was being uncooperative.
Officers used an “arm bar take down” to get Ruiz-Medina to the ground during the struggle. He was then arrested and later booked into the Yukon city jail.
Lt. Matt Catron noted that Ruiz-Medina was being “verbally combative as he was being escorted to Sgt. Biggs’ patrol unit,” according to the police report.
Sgt. Biggs reportedly had his body cam on during the incident.
The crime of assault and battery on a police officer is punishable by up to five years in state prison and/or a maximum $500 fine.
Ruiz-Medina previously faced misdemeanor charges in Oklahoma County District Court for engaging in reckless conduct while possessing a firearm (later amended to disturbing the peace) and driving under the influence.
The defendant received deferred sentences after pleading guilty in those cases, court records show.