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Man arrested after threatening wife, pushing a deputy

— A Sebring area man threatened his wife and pushed a Highlands County deputy before being arrested, according to an arrest report.

James Kevin Goodrich, 57, no street address given, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.

The deputy who responded stated that two months earlier he had gone to a call from the same residence that involved someone, apparently Goodrich, barricading himself inside it, the report said.

This time the deputy found Goodrich inside a bedroom, the report said.

Knowing from the previous visit that Goodrich had a weapon, the deputy became concerned when Goodrich moved around, the report said.

“I stopped him by grabbing his arm and asked him to sit down,” the deputy wrote. “He refused to sit down and began to yell at me. I asked where his firearm was and at this point he pushed me away from him with both hands on my chest against my will.”

The deputy said he tasered Goodrich three times before he stopped resisting and was handcuffed.

Later, the deputy talked with Goodrich’s wife, who said that during the previous night Goodrich threatened to kill her, and she felt something against her neck, which she believed to be a gun.


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