Two men are in the Ada County Jail, after Meridian Police say one got into a fight with multiple officers and tried to grab one officer’s service weapon.
About 1:20 a.m. Thursday, a Meridian Police officer was investigating a suspicious person/vehicle spotted in the parking lot of the Sandman Motel, at 1575 S. Meridian Road.
The officer located a suspect and, when the officer tried to arrest him for providing false information, the suspect –- later identified as Jarrod Devaney, 39, of Nampa -– tried to run away. When the officer grabbed him, Devaney attempted to grab the officer’s gun, according to Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea.
“Two other officers helped the arresting officer and Devaney ultimately attempted to access a gun he had hidden in his waistband,” Basterrechea stated. “Devaney was taken into custody after multiple punches to the face by the assisting officer, in an attempt to get Devaney to release his grip on the officer’s gun.”
Devaney was booked into the Ada County Jail for assault or battery in removing or attempting to remove a firearm from a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled substance, a parole violation warrant, and unlawful possession of a firearm. All are felonies. He’s also charged with misdemeanors of frequenting a place where drugs are used, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, possessing drug paraphernalia, and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
Christopher Robinson, 41, also of Nampa, the passenger in Devaney’s vehicle, was arrested for aiding in a misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, possessing drug paraphernalia, and frequenting a place where drugs are used.