CALIFORNIA, MO – The subject of a vehicle stop in Moniteau County allegedly fought with deputies in an attempt to avoid arrest this morning.

According to Moniteau County Sheriff’s Department, deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Skyler W. Williams on 50 Highway and Forrest Road for defective equipment. Williams was compliant as he stepped out of the vehicle. However, after deputies acquired consent to search, Williams reportedly rushed back to retrieve a firearm inside the car. During a physical struggle, Williams attempted to take control of a deputy’s firearm. After a police dog was deployed, Williams was tazed, and taken into custody. Charges are being sought, including four counts of assault on law enforcement, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, and drug possession charges.

Sheriff, Tony Wheatley indicated in a post, the deployment of the dog may have prevented serious injuries during the incident.