VERONA, Miss. (WTVA) - Police identified the suspect accused of assaulting an officer at a store in Verona.
According to Verona Police Chief Marsenio Nunn, a police officer responded the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 23 to a report of someone lying in the roadway near the Papa V’s store.
The officer found no one outside the store and went inside. There the officer confronted a man whom the store’s manager had previously filed complaints about, Nunn said.
Nunn identified the man as Percy Banger, 22, of Greenwood.
The police chief said the officer asked Banger to leave, but the 22-year-old began assaulting the officer.
Nunn said Banger reached for the officer’s gun. The officer's gun fired during the struggle; however, no one was shot.
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Nunn said the officer did suffer facial injuries.
Investigators later charged Banger with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Nunn said the police officer remains off the job until the investigation is complete and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the district attorney’s office clear the officer to return to work.