OPD: Man Grabbed Officer’s Gun During Traffic Stop

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An Ottumwa man was arrested after authorities say he tried to take an officer’s gun during a traffic stop early Thursday morning.

Jemere Jackson, 20, has been charged with attempt to disarm officer, a Class D felony, and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

At 2:14 AM on May 18, court documents say Jackson was operating a vehicle on West 4th Street that was stopped due to a traffic offense. A uniformed officer from the Ottumwa Police ordered Jackson out of the vehicle multiple times. Jackson then slammed the door on the officer and began reaching for his right hip area.

According to court records, the officer drew his firearm. Jackson then reached through the open driver’s side window and grabbed the gun in an attempt to disarm the officer.

Authorities say Jackson put his car in reverse and struck the officer’s patrol vehicle. Jackson then drove away at a high rate of speed.

Jackson was arrested later in the day and transported to the Wapello County Jail. He is currently free after posting a $5,000 bond.

Jackson’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 25.

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