Of­fi­cer wres­tles gun from sus­pect

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - SJ Ed­i­tor By Kevin Myrick

A Polk County Po­lice Of­fi­cer fol­low­ing up on a hit-and-run in­ves­ti­ga­tion over the week­end fought with a el­derly sus­pect wield­ing a loaded hand­gun, and de­spite a min­utes- long wrestling match, nei­ther of­fi­cer nor sus­pect was shot.

Polk County Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd re­ported that Of­fi­cer Brooks Van Dyck was well bruised in the face af­ter he fought with 80-year-old sus­pect Te­u­nis Schoonhove­n, of 85 Adam­son Drive, Cedar­town.

Dodd said that Van Dyck had gone to fol­lowup on a re­ported hit-an­drun wreck com­mit­ted by Schoonhove­n on Col­lard Val­ley Road, and found him at t he Adam­son Drive ad­dress af­ter the other driver was able to record the tag num­ber of the ve­hi­cle that got away.

Van Dyck was greeted at the door Satur­day, Nov. 4 at noon by Schoonhove­n, who held a .32-cal­iber pis­tol in his hand and raised it to­ward the of­fi­cer af­ter open­ing the door.

“He didn’t have time to draw his weapon, so he grabbed the gun and be­gan wrestling with the sus­pect for 3 to 4 min­utes on the ground,” Dodd said. “Of­fi­cer Van Dyck was even­tu­ally able to place the sus­pect in cus­tody on his own.”

Both men were treated for mi­nor wounds and bruises fol­low­ing the week­end in­ci­dent at Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

“I’m glad that he (Van Dyck) was able to get out of the sit­u­a­tion safely,” Dodd said.

Schoonhove­n re­mains in the Polk County Jail with­out bond on charges of felony ag­gra­vated as­sault, felony ob­struc­tion of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, and mis­de­meanor charges of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, for the hit and run and fail­ure to yield when en­ter­ing road­way.

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