Malone- On Tuesday, April 7, 2009, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mr. Charles Russ of 5106 Eighth St. in Malone, Florida. Mr. Russ was arrested after arriving at the residence located at 5120 Eighth St. and confronting and assaulting a deputy sheriff who was engaged in a separate incident with Mr. Russ’ son, Tony Michael Russ.
The incident began when members of the power company requested protective assistance to disconnect the power from the residence. Earlier attempts to disconnect the service had been met with threats of violence to the power company employee. A deputy acting upon the request met members of the power company at the address to conduct the disconnect procedure. Mr. Tony Russ made contact and began to yell and curse the employees. Mr. Russ was then asked by the deputy to return to his home and let the men do their work. Mr. Russ responded with threats to shoot the deputy with an “AK-47”, returned to his house, and made additional threats to shoot the deputy. The deputy sheriff, fearing imminent danger, ordered Russ into the open with empty hands so the incident could be stopped. Instead, Russ retreated into the house which created what appeared to be a barricaded individual with a high powered rifle. Additional members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded including the Emergency Response team and secured the area for public safety. A tactical search of the house and area revealed Mr. Tony Russ had immediately left through a rear window when he retreated into the house.
Mr. Charles Russ has been released from the Jackson County Correctional facility on bond and is awaiting further judicial process on charges of Resisting and Officer without Violence, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Office. Charges are pending against Mr. Tony Russ who shall be taken into custody upon the issuance of the warrants which include Resisting an Officer with Violence and Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.