Edmonson Voice Staff
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in the Chalybeate community just around midnight on Wednesday, April 13. The caller claimed that the suspect, Thomas Jaggers, 53, of Wingfield, was intoxicated and at a residence refusing to leave. While in route, officers said that they were told the situation was escalating and a possible assault was taking place.
Upon arriving on scene, officers said they found Jaggers inside the residence and was in the act of sexually abusing a female victim.
Officers said after ignoring verbal commands, less lethal force in the form of a baton and hard empty hands strikes were deployed in order to get control of Jaggers. Once outside the residence, Jaggers allegedly engaged officers again in a struggle which resulted in more force being used.
Jaggers was treated on scene by Edmonson EMS and transported to Medical Center where he was further treated for injuries and released. He was then transported to Hart County Jail on charges of Sodomy 1st degree; Sexual Abuse 1st degree; Assault 3rd degree Police/Probation officer; Wanton Endangerment 1st degree - Police Officer; Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree and Resisting Arrest.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Dist 2 Constable, Edmonson EMS, and the Edmonson County Jailer.
"I'm very proud of our officer for taking immediate action," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "The victim underwent a horrible experience. Thank God our officer was able to prevent the situation from getting even worse. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery for the victim."