Smith man arrested for assaulting wife, police

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A Smith Township man was arrested early Monday after he allegedly choked his wife and held a gun to her head, then assaulted a township police officer who was taking him into custody.


Smith police were called to the home of Daniel W. Cox, 52, 40 Northern Ave., Joffre, about 5:35 a.m. after his 45-year-old wife, Tammy Cox, called 911 to report he choked her and held her a gunpoint. Children were also in the house.


As Officer Robert Okavitch arrived, he was told by the 911 dispatcher that Cox had fled the home with two guns. The officer also was told that Cox may be in his truck.


He went to the house, where the wife was still on the telephone talking with the dispatcher. She told the officer that her husband held a gun to her head and choked her before fleeing.


Okavitch searched around the house. As McDonald police arrived to assist, Okavitch noticed a man lying in the grass near the driveway pointing what appeared to be a tactical rifle at the oncoming cruiser.


Cox was ordered to show police his hands and drop the weapon as the officer took cover behind his cruiser. Cox then was seated on the ground with his back to the car. Okavitch holstered his gun and removed his Taser, pointing it at Cox’s back. He then deployed the Taser for the safety of the two officers.


Cox reportedly tried to get up, ignoring orders to get on the ground and the Taser was used a second time. Okavitch ordered Cox to show his hands. As the officer approached, Cox punched him in the face. As Cox tried to reach for the rifle, Okavitch had to punch him, and then took him into custody.


Police found a handgun on the floor of the truck. Cox was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment of facial injuries.


Cox was arraigned Monday afternoon before District Judge Gary Havelka on four counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of simple assault and terroristic threats and one count of unlawful restraint, assault on law enforcement, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was placed in Washington County jail on $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 7 before Havelka.


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