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NCSO: Man uses knife toward cop

COVINGTON - A wanted man, who apparently was distraught over the prospect of going back to jail, faces charges of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer after he allegedly approached a Newton County sheriff's deputy with a knife Thursday morning.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., Deputies David Gilbert and Matt Roberts went to a home on Fifth Avenue in Jamestown to serve an arrest warrant on the suspect, Earnest Edward Eubanks, 51, which stemmed from an alleged probation violation, according to an Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report completed by Gilbert.

Upon arriving at the residence, the deputies located Eubanks and had him sit down on a couch inside the home. When Gilbert told Eubanks about the warrant and that he would have to come with him to jail, the suspect reportedly jumped up and ran toward the back door saying "he was not going back to jail," according to the incident report.

Eubanks then allegedly placed his hand in his right front pocket, prompting Gilbert to draw his taser.

After his mother blocked the door with her wheelchair, the suspect, who had a knife in his right hand, reportedly turned back toward Gilbert and repeated that he wasn't going back to jail.

Gilbert told Eubanks to drop the knife, but he refused and came toward the deputy with the weapon, at which point he shot the suspect with his taser, according to the incident report.

After Roberts placed Eubanks in handcuffs, the distraught suspect told Gilbert he wanted the deputy to shoot him with his firearm.

EMS workers later treated Eubanks for the injuries he sustained from the taser barbs on his chest and stomach area at the scene and he was transported by the Newton County Detention Center.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.