Hattiesburg man arrested after physical altercation with officers

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Sunday night Hattiesburg police arrested Marcus Hudson, 37, for assaulting three police officers.

Around 11:30 p.m. night-patrolling officers noticed Hudson walking near West Pine and Florence. They got out to speak with him about a burglary that had recently happened in the area when, they say, Hudson lashed out.

"The gentleman how can I put it, initially tried to walk away from the officer when he was speaking to him," said HPD public information officer, Eric Proulx. "A second officer arrived at the scene, upon seeing the second officer the gentleman then was willing to comply and talk with the officer but he reached into his pocket like he was going for a weapon, at least that's what the officers initially suspected. He also made an aggressive gesture towards the officers, they went to put him in handcuffs at which time the gentleman did become very combative, he was kicking and hitting the officers, they had to take him to the ground, continue to fight him. A third officer arrived at the scene, the gentleman was actually able to get his hand on one of the officers' weapons during the struggle, but eventually they were able to get him in handcuffs and get him inside the car."

Hudson is now in the Forrest county jail, HPD says Sheriff's deputies had to use a stun gun to control Hudson even after he arrived at the building. The police say Hudson is considered homeless and this is not the first time he has been hostile towards the police.

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