MOULTRIE -- A Moultrie man was apprehended by a Moultrie police officer after a brief struggle in which the man allegedly attempted to take the officer's gun Saturday morning.

Jerome Leggett, 41, of 629 Oak Circle, was charged with unlawful manufacture or distribution of an imitation controlled substance, obstruction, taking a law enforcement officer's weapon, parole violation and probation violation.

Police reports said a Moultrie police officer saw Leggett walking on Fifth Street Northwest at 9:39 a.m. Saturday. Knowing he had an active warrant, the officer approached Leggett and informed him of the warrant for his arrest.

The officer got out of his vehicle and stood in its doorway. Police reports said Leggett attempted to close the door on the officer. He stated that he was not going to jail and fled on foot.

The officer pursued Leggett and caught up with him on Fourth Avenue Northwest, reports said. The officer ordered Leggett to stop, which he did not do, so he pulled his taser and ordered Leggett to lay on the ground.

Reports said the officer was able to grab Leggett's jacket and attempted to fire his taser. The taser did not fire its probes, so the officer tried to force Leggett to the ground and pulled out a taser probe to try to "dry stun" him.

During the struggle, reports said Leggett attempted to grab the officer's holstered handgun. When the officer felt Leggett's hand on the gun, he slapped it and attempted a second time to dry stun him.

The officer's taser would not work but he was able to force Leggett to the ground, reports said. Leggett was able to get back on his feet twice, but the officer was able to get him down on the ground a third time.

Reports said Leggett punched the officer in the face and tried to get up again, but the officer was able to keep him down. Leggett tried again to punch the officer but missed, and the officer punched him in the face and ordered him to stay on the ground and quit resisting, police reports said.

Leggett stopped resisting the officer after being punched, and reports said he was held on the ground until a second officer arrived and assisted in handcuffing him. A search was performed on Leggett after being handcuffed, and the officers allegedly found 11 white rock substances that Leggett stated were wax.

The officer confirmed the rocks were only wax, but reports said they were carried and cut in a way similar to possessing and selling crack cocaine. Leggett was then placed in a patrol unit and taken to Colquitt County Jail, where he was booked on the charges.

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