Suspect charged in Thursday’s assault of Columbia police officer

and ccope@thestate.comJuly 25, 2013 

— A man has been charged in Thursday’s assault of a police officer who was responding to the scene of a fight in north Columbia.

Michael Haywood is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and assault of a police officer while resisting arrest. He will be moved to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center when he is released from the hospital, according to Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

An officer shot Haywood in the lower body after police responded to a call about 3 p.m. in the 4200 block of Woodridge Drive. The suspect and officer were both transported to the hospital after the shooting with non-life threatening injuries, Timmons said Thursday.

The officer has been released form the hospital and is resting at home, Timmons said. His identity has not been released.

The State Law Enforcement Division, which normally investigates officer-involved shootings, was called to the scene.

The officer was responding to a fight that had broken out in the neighborhood near Woodridge Drive and Pineneedle Road, Timmons said.

The officer was attacked by the suspect as he tried to break up the fight and was assaulted in the head, Timmons said. Police have not released what the suspect used to hit the officer.

The officer tried to subdue his attacker with his baton and pepper spray but could not, Timmons said. That’s when the officer shot the suspect.

A crowd had gathered to watch the commotion.

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