Man fought officer, tried to pull officer’s gun from duty belt, police say

Man fought officer, tried to pull officer’s gun from duty belt, police say

A man is facing charges after he fought and tried to disarm a Madison officer Thursday, officials said.

An officer said he ended up in hand-to-hand combat at about 5:30 p.m. with 41-year-old Reginald A. Rigsby, who police said was doing everything he could to disarm the officer.

The officer said Rigsby had two hands on the officer’s service weapon, which was secured in the holster, and Rigsby was pulling on it with so much force, the officer could feel his belt lifting off of his waistline, according to the report. The two were grappling on the ground after the suspect ran from the officer in the 1100 block of Morraine View Drrive.

The officer had recognized Rigsby as someone who was wanted on a number of warrants. Police said the officer tried to make peaceful contact with Rigsby.

After Rigsby ran and the officer caught up with him, Rigsby delivered blows to the officer and tried to take him to the ground, according to police. The two fought to the ground, wrestling.

“It was at this point that I realized this could be a deadly force situation and this guy was really attempting to possibly hurt or kill me,” the officer wrote in his report. Backup officers arrived to assist him. Rigsby was taken into custody.

He’s faces charges of battery to law enforcement officer, disarming a peace officer, resisting or obstructing police and bail jumping. Police said that before the encounter with the officer, he was wanted on warrants for theft, retail theft, lewd and lascivious behavior and resisting or obstructing police.