A Sumter man standing in the middle of the road in his pajamas hospitalized a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputy Thursday morning after assaulting officers responding to Plowden Mill Road.
Scott Irving Ketchum, 34, of Livingwood Drive in Sumter, was initially spotted by motorists around 9 a.m. Thursday, said the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. When officers arrived to the Plowden Mill Road location, Ketchum allegedly became confrontational. Once the confrontation began, deputies used both pepper spray and multiple stun guns while trying to subdue. Neither had any apparent effect, said, Ken Bell, spokesman for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
“He admitted he had been using drugs,” said Bell in one of the least surprising quotations of the year.
Ketchum was eventually subdued, handcuffed, and then treated by Sumter County Emergency Medical Services for decontamination before being transported to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
The wounded officer, who has not been identified, was treated for lacerations to the face at a nearby clinic and has since been released, Bell said.
Ketchum faced outstanding warrants from the Sumter Police Department for his arrest at the time of the confrontation, and now in addition to those charges, faces two counts of first-degree assault and battery and one count of resisting arrest with assault.