Camden man charged with assaulting a police officer at United Way

akflanagan@thestate.comMay 15, 2014 

— A man has been charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer at United Way, according to Camden Police.

Debbie Massalon, the Director of United Way, told police that James Marion Sutton, 48, went to her office and demanded to receive his benefits check, which he was not due to receive until the following day.

Massalon said she tried to explain this to Sutton who became agitated, hostile and disorderly, according to the police report.

Sutton said he would not leave until he received his money, walked outside of the building and continued to use profanity in a loud and disorderly manner, according to the incident report.

A police officer arrived, told Sutton he was under arrest and instructed him to turn around and place his hands behind his back.

According to the incident report, Sutton replied “make me.” After the officer tried to apply restraints to Sutton’s arm, he pulled away and started swinging his arms in an effort to punch the officer with closed fists.

Sutton then fled on foot, and an officer shot him with a Taser.

Officers found Sutton lying on the ground of a parking lot behind McDonald’s, according to the report.

Sutton was transported to Kershaw Health and charged with public disorderly conduct.

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