At the Jackson Town Council meeting Feb. 8, three law enforcement personnel were honored for their bravery and poise under pressure while on the job.
According to Jackson Town Marshal Fred Allen, Officers Gerald Smith and Cary Quiet, of the Jackson Police Department, attempted to serve a warrant to a male suspect on Dec. 13.
When the officers arrived, the man barricaded himself inside his home.
Soon after Quiet called for backup, Deputy Glen Sims, of the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office, arrived on the scene. Together, the three law enforcement personnel surrounded the home and attempted to make contact with the man.
A struggle ensued between the two Jackson police officers and the man, who threw bleach in Quiet’s face, temporarily blinding him, and began swinging a knife, cutting Smith several times on the head, Allen said.
With one blinded and the other unable to see because of the blood in his eyes, Allen said the officers struggled with the suspect, who then went for Quiet’s service weapon. At that time, Sims was able to assist the officers in subduing and handcuffing the man, taking him into custody.
“I am very proud of these three officers. They were faced with the challenge of handling a subject with a deadly weapon and chose not to use deadly force themselves but, instead, used their experience and training as officers of the law to take control of the situation,” Allen said.
Sims, Smith and Quiet were presented with certificates of recognition for their efforts.