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Knoxville man accused of assaulting police, kicking K9 officer at UT Medical Center

As Bridges was resisting arrest, authorities said he kicked and injured K9 Officer Maverick.
Weldon Bridges, 36.
Weldon Bridges, 36.(KPD)
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 9:25 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -Officials with the Knoxville Police Department said a man is in custody after assaulting and threatening multiple officers including a K9 officer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Officers were dispatched to the UT Medical Center on Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. for a domestic disturbance involving Weldon Bridges, 36. When officers attempted to speak with Bridges, he allegedly assaulted two officers.

Police said officers then attempted to take Bridges into custody. During the arrest, Bridges assaulted four additional officers. According to a police report, the suspect yelled obscenities and “caused a disturbance within the hospital, disrupting the day-to-day operations of hospital staff.”

As Bridges was resisting arrest, authorities said he kicked and injured K9 Officer Maverick.

After Bridges was detained, police said he continued to make several verbal threats to officers in reference to the previous assault. During this time, Bridges reportedly pointed his finger at an officer in the shape of a gun and made a shooting motion directly at an officer.

The officer said, due to Bridges’ previous actions, the hand gesture made him fear for his safety.

Knoxville police were attempting to transport Bridges to a KPD transport vehicle in the ambulance bay at UT Medical Center when Bridges attempted to flee. Bridges ran nearly half a mile to the J-lot before he was detained.

Bridges was charged with five counts of assault, cruelty to animals, disorderly conduct, escape, resisting arrest and retaliation for past actions.

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