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Monday, August 17, 2020, the Atoka County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about a male individual attempting to take a horse.
Sheriff Deputy Tony Taylor responded to the call at a residence on South Farris Road and spoke to Mandy Lemmons.
Lemmons advised the Deputy that the suspect, identified as Frank Keith Castleberry, 66, of Atoka, had entered her yard and attempted to take Lemmons’ horses.
Castleberry claimed the horses were his as well as everything else on the property. As he left, Lemmons stated Castleberry said he would burn her house down, and “get rid of her.”
Deputy Taylor left the residence to locate Castleberry. He was found walking back towards the property on South Farris Road.
Castleberry was instructed to stop due to the Deputy wanting to speak to him. He replied, “(Omitted) you!”
The Deputy informed Castleberry he was under arrest, to which, he replied, “No!” Deputy Taylor attempted to restrain Castleberry, but he tried to run away, throwing a cup of water on the Deputy.
Castleberry was warned twice before the Deputy deployed his taser, striking Castleberry in his abdomen and collarbone.
After falling backwards onto the road, Castleberry was told to lie still to be handcuffed.
Deputy Taylor managed to place one handcuff on Castleberry before a scuffle began. Deputy Taylor was kicked in the leg twice.
Sheriff Deputy Trevor Dean arrived on scene to assist Deputy Taylor.
While being handcuffed, Castleberry fought with the Deputies and attempted to bite Deputy Dean.
Castleberry was taken to the Atoka County Medical Center for treatment, but declined assistance. He was transferred to the Atoka County Jail for booking.
He is charged with assault and battery on police officer (felony), and assault on police officer (misdemeanor).