By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
A grand jury handed up an indictment Monday, charging a Front Royal man with a count of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and four other offenses Monday in Warren County Circuit Court.
Clyde Eugene Burrell Jr., 33, was arrested July 28 after Front Royal police officers identified him as the man who allegedly sent two officers to Warren Memorial Hospital, one of them with serious injuries after a hand-to-hand struggle on Shenandoah Avenue.
Burrell sat expressionless and hunched over a table next to his attorney, assistant public defender Margarita Wood, as the other four charges were read to him: malicious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer; two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and obstruction of justice by threat or use of force.
The criminal complaint signed by Detective Sgt. Jason A. Ryman states that Burrell beat Sgt. Bryan Courtney about the head and face with Courtney's baton. The struggle began when Courtney answered a report about a man exposing himself to passing motorists on North Shenandoah Avenue around 6:30 p.m., according to the complaint.
The complaint states that witnesses saw the two men begin struggling and fall to the ground after Courtney approached Burrell. Burrell gained the upper hand by pinning Courtney with his legs and repeatedly slamming Courtney's head into the pavement, according to the complaint.
The two men continued to struggle as Burrell placed a partial headlock on Courtney and raked his fingers through the officer's eyes, the complaint states. Courtney tried to regain control of the baton, but found himself on his back with Burrell straddling him, the complaint states.
"Burrell ripped the baton from Courtney's grip," raised the baton over his head and was about to hit Courtney when Detective Jason Lethcoe tackled him, and a second fight broke out between Lethcoe and Burrell, the complaint states. The struggle continued until Lethcoe knocked Burrell to the ground and ordered him on his stomach, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that Burrell continued to resist Lethcoe's attempts to handcuff him until a passerby intervened and helped place him in custody. Lethcoe was treated and released from Warren Memorial Hospital after the incident, but Courtney remained hospitalized for several days afterward.
Court records show Burrell was convicted of assault and battery to a law enforcement officer in 2010. He also had several encounters with town police after he completed serving a jail sentence from the assault and battery charge, according to court records.
Burrell returned to the jail after the hearing where he is being held without bond. He is also facing a possible revocation of the probation sentence he was serving at the time of his arrest.