Jerrod Lee Devaney’s face is bruised and bloody in the mug shot taken at the Ada County Jail early Thursday morning. He was treated at a local hospital before he was booked into the jail.
Meridian police say officers punched Devaney multiple times in the face after he tried to flee an arrest, grabbed an officer’s gun and then tried to pull out a gun hidden in his waistband.
The officers were not injured in the struggle, Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said.
Devaney, a 39-year-old Nampa man, was booked into the jail on 10 felony and misdemeanor assault/battery and drug charges.
The incident began at about 1:20 a.m., when officers were called investigate a suspicious person and vehicle in the parking lot of the Sandman Motel, 1575 S. Meridian Road.
Here’s what police said happened:
Devaney provided false information to an officer and tried to run when he was being placed under arrest. A struggle ensued and Devaney grabbed ahold of the officer’s gun. Assisting officers punched Devaney to get him to release his grip and to prevent him from getting a gun he had hidden in his waistband.
Christopher Robinson, a 41-year-old passenger in Devaney’s vehicle, was also arrested on misdemeanor drug manufacture and possession charges, as well as possession of paraphernalia and frequenting a place where drugs are used.