GRANITE QUARRY - A Granite Quarry police officer and a Rowan Sheriff's deputy were assaulted Thursday afternoon as they struggled to take a loaded handgun from a convicted felon.
According to Granite Quarry Chief Mark Cook, it all began with a call about a disturbance at 435 Bank Street. The first to arrive was Deputy Patrick Jones, followed by Granite Quarry Sgt. Wayne Trivette.
They found Jameel Kenneth Stephens-Maddox, 20, arguing with Tyleyah Danielle Tucker, 16. Tucker told police that she was trying to get her cell phone back from Stephens-Maddox, but he refused to return the phone.
When Deputy Jones began to search Stephens-Maddox, he noticed what he thought was a handgun in the man's jacket. At that point the two began to struggle. Trivette ran to assist Jones, and both ended up being hit several times by Stephens-Maddox.