Robbery suspect hits officer with his own baton while trying to get away

22-year-old Marshawn Brakefield was charged with resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and theft after he evaded police in a stolen Camry and hit an officer with his own baton as he tried to run away.

On October 30th, Memphis Police Officers Hickman and Martinez reported a 2003 Toyota Camry in the area of Perkins Extended and Southern Avenue, matching the description of a vehicle used in a recent robbery. The officers stated the driver, Marshawn Brakefield, proceeded to evade the police, increasing his speed to over 50 mph in a residential area and refusing to stop the vehicle.

Marshawn Brakefield (SCSO)
Marshawn Brakefield (SCSO)

According to the affidavit, Brakefield continued driving from the police until smoke started coming from the engine. Officers stated he jumped out of the car with a rifle and he pointed the weapon at them several times as they chased him on foot. They continued pursuing him until he tripped and dropped the rifle. Officer Martinez attempted to arrest him and Brakefield took his baton, hitting him on his head and in his face. Brakefield was noted as a suspended driver and the Camry was reported stolen that same day.

Marshawn Brakefield was arrested and charged with evading and resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and theft. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

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