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Pierce arrested for assault

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By Jennifer Caldwell

The father of a murder victim has been arrested following the sentencing hearing for one of his son’s killers

On Monday Otis Pierce, father of the late Jonathon Pierce, was leaving the courthouse when he became involved in an altercation with one of the officers of the court.

According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Michael Caudill’s report,  Pierce became agitated when Officer Vienneau tried to have him walk through the metal detector.

When Pierce told Vienneau he didn’t have to go through the metal detector because he has a pace maker; the officer apologized to Pierce stating that he hadn’t meant to offend him, records indicate.

Pierce then allegedly told the officer he had been through a lot and that he “didn’t care who he is or what he does.”

Caudill’s report states that while Vienneau was attempting to move a table out of the way so Pierce could by-pass the metal detector Pierce “bumped his chest up onto the officer on purpose.

At that time Vienneau grabbed Pierce to place him under arrest. But Pierce allegedly became combative with the officer pushing him onto the table, the report said

At that point Caudill stepped in restraining Pierce and ultimately placed Pierce under arrest.

Pierce is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.