OPD: Suspect tried to take officers weapon following assault

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Odessa Police have charged one man in connection with an assault that occurred this week.

OPD officials say around 2:26 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, officers were called to Interstate 20 and FM 1936 about a man in a blue Ford pickup assault the driver of a Mustang.

When officers arrived, the man, later identified as Matthew Aaron Barnett, began swinging his arms at police, according to a release.

While the officer was arresting Barnett, police say he pushed and pulled away and tried to grab the officers weapon. Citizens then aided the officer in taking Barnett into custody, the release reads.

Police later learned that Barnett had been trying to ram other vehicles and was forcing other drivers off the road before getting out of his pickup and threatening other drivers with a metal pipe, according to the release.

Barnett has since been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer, resisting search or transported and driving while intoxicated.

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