Monett officer fires weapon in struggle

Suspect faces 4 felonies after fight at residence

Who: William Tillman, 27, of Monett
What: Is charged with resisting arrest, first-degree property damage, domestic assault and first-degree assault
Bond: $25,000

A Monett man is facing four felonies after a fight at a home on 5th Street and struggle with a Monett police officer led to the officer firing his duty weapon.
William Tillman, 27, of Monett, is charged with resisting arrest, first-degree property damage, domestic assault and first-degree assault.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. Paul Ferguson, with the Monett Police Department, police responded to a fight in progress in the 300 block of 5th Street, where two men were fighting in the upstairs part of the residence.
Ferguson said he went up the stairs and was met by Tillman in the hallway. Tillman was bloody and appeared to be injured, and he became aggressive upon questioning.
Tillman allegedly refused to give Ferguson his license and attempted to shut the bedroom door on the officer. Ferguson attempted to arrest Tillman, but Tillman refused, leading Ferguson to pull out his Taser. Ferguson said while trying to handcuff Tillman, he pulled away and spun around to his knees. Ferguson fell backward, and Tillman got on top of the officer and allegedly attempted to get items from his duty belt.
"I secured my firearm by moving my weight to my right," Ferguson said in the statement. "I was then able to un-holster my [Taser] again and I shoved Tillman off me, and he jumped back on me, grabbing my [Taser] with what felt like both of his hands.
"I was about to lose control of my [Taser] and felt he was going to disarm me, placing me in fear he was either going to seriously physically harm me or kill me, so I rolled over and drew my service weapon and attempted to shoot Tillman by firing one round at his torso."
No contact was made by the bullet, and it was recovered in the room. After the shot, Tillman stopped resisting and laid out prone on the ground. After he was placed in restraints, he allegedly continued to resist. During a search, he allegedly scratched the pain of Ferguson's patrol vehicle down to the metal. Ferguson's body camera and body camera mount were also destroyed during the struggle.
The original call was for Tillman attacking another man, jumping on his back, strangling him twice and hitting him all over his body.
Tillman is being held in the Barry County jail on a $25,000 bond. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is set for Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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