Robinson man charged with attacking deputy with knife

Fred Pace

July 1, 2014

ROBINSON – A Robinson man was arrested after allegedly attacking a Boone County deputy with a knife on Saturday.

This story took an even more bizarre turn on Monday afternoon when it was reported by a media outlet in Charleston that the man died after the knife attack on the deputy.

Jimmy Dean Jarrell, 46, of Robinson, was actually released from the hospital into the custody of the Charleston Police, according to Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker.

“I have been able to speak with a representative from CAMC and I have been able to confirm Mr. Jarrell was indeed released into the custody of the Charleston Police Department,” Barker said. “A records malfunction appeared to show Jarrell’s status as ‘deceased’ instead of ‘released.’”

Barker said the Boone County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to a disturbance call at Jarrell’s home during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 28, to investigate complaints that he was disorderly and keeping neighbors awake.

“Once the deputy arrived on scene, he observed the defendant to be out of control and throwing things around inside of the residence,” Barker said. “As the officer approached the front door of the residence, Jarrell threw a sledge hammer out the door in the officer’s direction. When Corporal Eversole asked to see Jarrell’s hands, Jarrell turned toward the officer with a large kitchen knife in his hands and aggressively came in the deputy’s direction.”

It was during this exchange that the deputy was able to use his taser to subdue the suspect and keep from getting injured or killed in the knife attack, according to Barker.

“Tasers are a less lethal weapon that we have only recently been able to add to our use of force options, and in this situation was probably responsible for saving Jarrell’s life,” said Barker. “Training does not call for a deputy to respond to a knife attack with a less lethal weapon such as a taser, however the officer was able to foresee the possibility of trouble inside the residence and had already drawn his taser. When Jarrell charged the deputy, out of instinct he was immediately shot with the taser and the officer then began transitioning to his sidearm. It was during the transition that Eversole noticed the taser was being effective and continued down the less lethal road of options.”

Barker said once the officer was able to take Jarrell into custody he noticed he was obviously under the influence of some type of drug or drugs.

“It was determined during the booking process that Jarrell should be transported to the emergency room and be evaluated before being transported to the South Western Regional Jail,” Barker explained. “Once arriving at the Boone Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Jarrell was able to exit the cruiser under his own power and walk into the ER. After he was inside the emergency room, he appeared to take a turn for the worse and was placed into a medically induced sleep and admitted into the custody of the hospital.”

Barker said it appears that Jarrell’s problems were the result of some type of drug overdose.

“It appears by all the facts we have at this time that Mr. Jarrell’s problems stem from an overdose of methamphetamine and a mixture of other drugs and not from any use of force by the arresting officer,” he said. “Obviously, this is still under investigation and we are continuing to collect data as it becomes available at the hospital.”

Jarrell was transported to CAMC Memorial from BMH at some point over the weekend where he was treated and then released.

“He was released into the custody of Charleston Police Department and is now in the South Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 bond,” Barker added.

Jarrell was charged with malicious assault on a police officer, among other charges, according to Barker.