Man charged with attempting to disarm a sheriff’s deputy

A Seymour man was arrested Tuesday on charges of disarming a law enforcement officer after police say he placed his hand on an officer’s firearm.

Hayden Decker, 19, is facing preliminary charges of disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement and disarming a law enforcement officer after the incident, reported at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Officer Jesse Hutchinson with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a report of an individual acting unruly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

While preparing to take Decker to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for evaluation, Hutchinson said he felt Decker’s hand placed on his pistol on his belt.

Decker was taken to the ground and cuffed by Hutchinson and Seymour police officers at the scene.

“We take that as a sign the individual is planning to use deadly force on us. If that’s what you’re planning, we act accordingly,” said Lt. Andy Wayman with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

“(Hutchinson) did what he should have done. He felt a hand on a his firearm and took appropriate action,” Wayman said. “He did what he was trained to do.”

Decker was examined by the hospital prior to being booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond. The results of the examination were not available, police said.

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