An East Ridge police officer is expected to be fine after answering a disturbance call and being attacked by a man wielding a hammer.
Assistant Police Chief Stan Allen said police were called to the 6700 block of Ringgold Road, Saturday afternoon, on a disturbance. The complainant said a man was yelling and waiving a hammer at customers in front of a business.
Chief Allen said that when an officer arrived the man who was creating the disturbance was gone. However, the man was located a short time later on Frawley Road.
“When the officer got out he was attacked with a hammer,” Chief Allen said. “The officer was hit in the arm.”
Chief Allen said both the officer, who is not being named at this time, and the suspect, identified as Taylor Mackinnon, 37, of a Frawley Road address, were taken to a local hospital.
According to Police Chief J.R. Reed, the officer was not seriously injured in the attack and is okay.
Officials said Mackinnon was booked on two counts of Aggravated Assault and is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $5,000 bond.