Manatee lawman, suspect scuffle over stun gun

Herald staff reportJuly 30, 2013 

— A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a 20-year-old suspect fought over a stun gun before the deputy won out.

The incident occurred 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at 4012 14th St. W., Bradenton.

The suspect, Covington Raney, was in the process of being arrested for a probation violation when he pulled away from a deputy, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Raney was hit with a blast from the stun gun but only one probe hit his shirt and he was able to run.

The deputy gave chase and caught Raney when lost his footing. While trying to handcuff the suspect, Raney kept tensing and bracing his hands to avoid it, according to the report.

The deputy then stunned Raney on his lower back one time. Raney grabbed the stun gun and the deputy grabbed it back and finally pulled it away and handcuffed the subject.

Raney, who lists his address as homeless, was charged with resisting without violence and depriving an officer from protective equipment.

Raney’s jail status was not available on the sheriff’s office website Tuesday.

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