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Teen Killer Goes for Deputy's Gun After Injuring Girls in Crash

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) -- A convicted teen killer attempted multiple times to grab a deputy's gun while withstanding jolts from the deputy's Taser.

Justin Wade Trammell, 34, who in 1999 pleaded guilty to murdering his father with a crossbow, was arrested Monday for trying to grab deputy Darren Robertson's gun. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and several other complaints, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Trammell had crashed a pickup and two little girls -- one his daughter, the other his niece -- were injured in the crash. One of the girls was later flown to a Springfield, Mo., hospital to be treated for a brain bleed, according to the the affidavit.

Robertson was called to a vehicle crash with injuries at 12946 Minch Springs Road in the Garfield area. 

Robertson arrived at the scene and found a white Ford pickup in the field and the two girls -- one 10 years old, the other 11 -- laying on the ground, crying and rolling around in pain. Trammell was bent over one of the females and another male -- the son of the property owner -- was walking around, speaking on a cell phone, according to the affidavit.

Robertson said he asked Trammell what happened and if he was alright, but Trammell just stared at him and did not verbally respond, the affidavit states.

Robertson said while he was attending to the juveniles, Trammell grabbed his gun.

"I pushed the male's hand away and asked what he was doing. The male grabbed my gun again and tried to pull it out of the holster, and I punched him in the neck, knocking him back. I got to my feet and the male came at me, again reaching for my gun," Robertson said.

Robertson pushed Trammell back and ordered him to get on his knees and put his hands behind his back.

"But the male kept coming at me, saying, 'I've got to get the devil out of me,'" Robertson said.

Robertson pulled out his Taser and ordered Trammell to stop and get on the ground.

"The male continued to come at me, so I deployed my Taser, striking him in the chest," he said. "The male went down and got up immediately and continued to come at me, saying I'm Jesus Christ and I have to get rid of the devil."

Robertson fired his Taser again, and Trammell went down, but got up again. Robertson ordered Trammell to get on the ground, but Trammell came at Robertson quickly, prompting Robertson to fire his Taser again, the affidavit states.

"The male stayed on his feet and continued to come at me while pulling the Taser leads out," Robertson said. "I moved in and drive stunned him in the chest and took him to the ground. We began to wrestle on the ground and he tried to pull my gun out of the holster again."

Trammell once again reached for Robertson's gun and the deputy again fired his Taser into Trammell's chest, but Trammell continued advancing toward Robertson as he pulled the Taser leads out of his chest, the affidavit states.

Robertson took Trammell to the ground and tried to get his hands behind his back.

Medical personnel arrived, and Robertson asked paramedic Jack Sanders to help him subdue Trammell. Sanders rushed over and along with Robertson wrestled with Trammell for several minutes. Avoca firefighter Adam Kinney then joined the fray, the affidavit states.

Robertson, Sanders and Kinney wrestled with Trammell for several more minutes before finally getting handcuffs on him.

The two girls were identified as relatives of Trammell's, one his daughter and the other his niece, according to the affidavit.

The son of the person who owns the property where the accident occurred said he saw the pickup traveling at a high rate of speed and that the girls were on the toolbox in the back of the pickup when the pickup hit a trailer. The girls were thrown from the pickup upon impact and injured, the affidavit states.

The girl who was flown to the Springfield hospital was treated for a brain bleed and injuries to her rib cage. The other girl was transported by ambulance to Northwest Regional in Bentonville and treated for abrasions to her legs and arms, according to the affidavit.

Trammell was treated at Mercy Hospital in Rogers and then taken to the Benton County Detention Center.

Trammell was booked into the Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated assault, two counts of first-degree battery, three counts of second-degree battery, two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, two counts of no child passenger restraint, criminal trespassing, driving while intoxicated by drugs, reckless driving, resisting arrest and obstructing government operations.


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