Officer sent to hospital after courthouse uproar

January 15, 2010 8:09:21 PM PST
Authorities were called to the Wake County courthouse following a disturbance Friday evening.According to police, a criminal defendant assaulted several Raleigh Police Department officers in a courtroom at the Wake County Courthouse around 6 p.m.

Raleigh Public Information Officer Jim Sughrue says the suspect, 24-year-old Tawaunn Grady Jackson, was on trial for charges stemming from an armed robbery on August 20, 2009.

Initially, officials told ABC11 Eyewitness News that after a verdict was read in the courtroom, Jackson went after someone in the audience.

Officials inside the courtroom stepped in and subdued him.

However, Jackson's sister says her brother got upset after he was convicted, stood up and said something. That's when she says deputies in the courtroom tased and hit him.

The woman says everyone was then kicked out of the courtroom.

Jackson remains in custody and charges are pending against him.

ABC11 has been told that one officer was injured during the scuffle and was taken to Wake Med with minor injuries.

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