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On Monday, February 4, 2019, minutes before 3:00 pm, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy was on routine patrol in the Green Acres community of Tabor City, when he observed a vehicle parked near the wood line.

The CCSO Deputy drove to the vehicle to check on the vehicle and offer his assistance. The sole occupant of the vehicle, Alton Maurice Graham, advised the deputy that he was changing a tire. The deputy checked Graham’s information and returned to Graham’s vehicle to give his license back to him. Graham pulled out a crack pipe and attempted to light same in front of the deputy. The deputy advised Graham to exit the vehicle and Graham did not comply. The deputy assisted Graham from the vehicle and attempted to handcuff him. At that time, Graham pulled away from the deputy and a struggle ensued.

During the struggle, Graham struck the deputy numerous times in the face and head area. Graham also attempted to get the deputy’s firearm, while verbally threatening to kill him. The deputy was able to gain control of Graham and handcuff him. The CCSO Deputy was treated at Columbus Regional Hospital for his injuries and released.

“I would like to commend this deputy for his actions. He was able to maintain composure and control while his life was in danger. Because of his quick thinking, calm composure, and the utilization of his defensive tactics training, he was able to go home to his family last night. I am proud of my deputies. I am certain that I have the best in the state,” said Columbus County Sheriff Jody Green.

Arrested was Alton Maurice Graham, 36, of  404 Graham Lane, Tabor City, was arrested and charged with the following:

1 felony count of Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance

1 misdemeanor count of Assault Inflicting Serious Injury

1 misdemeanor count of Damage to Government Property

1 felony count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Government Official

1 misdemeanor count of Resisting Public Officer

1 outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear Misdemeanor Larceny.

His bond was set at  $51,000.00 secured.

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