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Pulaski man charged after attacking police

Two police officers in Pulaski were hurt after an incident on Washington Avenue. 

On Tuesday, May 15 at about 5:20 pm, police were called to the area near the train station, where a man was trying to get into vehicles people were driving in. 

The man was able to get into the back of a pickup truck and a passenger vehicle before an officer arrived.  

Andrew Hatmaker attacked the officer, hitting him in the head and on his body.  A retired Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputy saw what was happening and helped until more police officers arrived. 

Hatmaker was finally subdued and was taken to the hospital, he is facing several charges upon his release. 

Here is the press release: 

May 15, 2018, at approximately 5:21 P.M., a report was made to the Pulaski Police Department that a man was attempting to enter the vehicles of people that were traveling on Washington Avenue near the train station. The individual succeeded in getting into the back of a pickup truck but soon jumped out. He next succeeded in entering a passenger vehicle. Officer M. A. Dunford arrived at the scene and attempted to have the individual exit the automobile. At that moment, the individual attacked the officer, striking him about the head and body. A retired Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff and a Pulaski County Animal Control Officer witnessed the altercation and assisted Officer Dunford until additional Pulaski Police Department personnel could arrive.

The individual, after multiple applications of less lethal techniques to control him, continued to assault, batter, and resist the officers until he was finally subdued and placed into physical restraints. Two police officers received minor injuries with one being examined at the Pulaski Lewis-Gale hospital. The individual was transported by ambulance to the hospital as well.

The subject arrested during this incident was identified as Andrew P. Hatmaker, W/M, 30 years of age, of Pulaski, Virginia. He is charged with five counts of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, tampering with a vehicle, possession of marijuana, and public intoxication. At the time of this bulletin, he had not been released from the hospital. 

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