Video shows unprovoked attack on Fla. deputy

The deputy was assaulted while asking a man to leave the premises of a local business

Elise Ryan
Tampa Bay Times

NEW PORT RICHIE, Fla. — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released body camera footage of a deputy being attacked during a disturbance call.

The video released by the sheriff's office shows the split-second reactions to stop the man the sheriff’s office says attacked the deputy in the parking lot of a New Port Richie Autozone Wednesday night.

“They had an unwanted guest, a report of a gentleman walking in and out of the business several times and they weren’t sure what he was doing there so they called us to assist,” explained Amanda Hunter from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy informed 30-year-old Alexander Ealy he wasn’t being charged with anything, but the store wanted him to leave.

The second deputy approached Ealy when he suddenly became violent.

“While the two deputies were sitting in the parking lot just finishing up some paperwork, they witnessed this gentleman try to go back into the business again,” Hunter said.

Batt LEO

The Pasco Sheriff's Office has had body cameras for over 5 years and, during that time, we have attempted to show you what our law enforcement officers face on every shift. Yesterday, Pasco Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Auto Zone in reference to an unwanted guest complaint where a subject was reportedly entering and exiting the store frequently. The subject was at first very cooperative, as you can see in the video, with the first deputy. However, as the subject again attempted to enter Auto Zone, another deputy reiterated the first deputy's conversation with the subject that, while he was not under arrest and free to leave, he could not go back into Auto Zone. During this conversation, the subject suddenly became violent, aggressively attacking and knocking the deputy to the ground and continuing to attack the deputy by punching them multiple times before the Auto Zone manager and additional deputies were able to stop and subdue the suspect. Please note, we cannot identify the other deputy pursuant to Florida's Marsy's Law as the deputy is the victim of a crime. We share video like this to again highlight the good work and professionalism of our deputies and to also thank our community for their continued support and their willingness to assist if the need arises. We are proud of the strong relationship we have with our community and we thank the Auto Zone manager for quickly intervening as other deputies were responding. We are very glad that this situation ended peacefully for all involved.

Posted by Pasco Sheriff's Office on Thursday, June 18, 2020

The video shows Ealy shoving and punching the deputy. The other deputy on the scene rushed over to help and the manager of the Autozone also runs outside to intervene.

Ealy stopped after being hit with a stun gun.

Ealy is charged with resisting and battery on a law enforcement officer.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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