8th-grader accused of punching deputy
GRAND JUNCTION ” An eighth-grade boy is accused of landing a painful punch in the stomach of a deputy sheriff in a hallway at Mount Garfield Middle School.
The boy, whose name was not released, was arrested after allegedly slugging the deputy on Friday.
He was released to his mother’s custody. The sheriff’s department asked prosecutors to file a charge of second-degree assault on a peace officer.
The deputy, Matt McChesney, said in a written report he and the boy passed each other in a hallway when the boy stopped, drew back his fist and punched him below his body armor.
The blow hurt, he said.
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“This was not an accidental bump in the hallway,” McChesney’s report said. “This deliberate punch was delivered with considerable force which knocked the breath out of my lungs.”
McChesney is assigned to the school as a resource officer.
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