Deputies responded to two addresses on Main Street in Franklin after the report of a fight in progress.
Chief Investigator Charles Melton approached a man, later identified as Reed, and said he was responding to a call of a fight. Reed replied that there had not been a fight, just a problem with a bunch of drunks. Reed then approached Melton in a threatening manner, saying that no one tells him what to do. When Melton advised Reed that he was under arrest, Reed became aggressive and both he and Melton fell to the ground. Reed rolled on top of Melton and attempted to choke him. Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley and Deputy Kevin Helm, who were at a nearby residence thought to be involved in the initial call, came to assist Melton. Reed continued his aggressiveness, kicking Deputy Helm twice and hitting him in the face. Reed was then tased and placed in custody.
Reed has been held in the Izard County Detention Center since his Dec. 31 arrest. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, charges against Reed were recently finalized. He is charged with felony battery second degree, resisting arrest, terrorist threatening, disorderly conduct. Reed also faces a parole/probation hold from the Department of Correction.