By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter                              

CROCKETT – A Crockett woman is behind bars after she was refused entry into a residence and then assaulted police officers when they arrived at the scene of the disturbance.

Kantriy Markeshia Burton was taken into custody and charged with assaulting a public servant, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after she “… hit, kicked and bit officers,” during an incident on Tuesday, March 5.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Crockett PD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Patterson “… where the suspect, Kantriy Burton, was yelling and kicking doors at that residence. The complainant advised Burton was an unwanted guest.”

Cpl. Leea Price and Police Chief Clayton Smith were the first law enforcement officials to arrive on the scene and spoke with Burton.

“She tied handing us her ID, mentioned that someone stole her money and told us she wasn’t going to jail. We told her we would deal with that later and to step outside,” the affidavit reported.

At first, the legal document indicated, Burton refused to exit the residence but then complied with the requests to step outside.

However, when she attempted to go back inside the affidavit stated Price and Smith “… attempted to prevent her from doing this and she resisted our efforts to stop her. This resulted in a tussle with Burton where she resisted, hit, kicked and bit officers. Due to her aggressive behavior both Chief Smith and I (Price) obtained minor injuries. During the struggle, Chef Smith deployed a taser two times in an attempt to comply,” the police report stated.

The taser had little effect on Burton who began to cut herself in the chest area with a set of keys she held in her hand.

As the struggle continued, the officers managed to get one handcuff fastened on Burton’s wrist.

“While we were trying to get her other hand behind her back, Burton began trying to bite me again. I then fell to the ground and Burton bit me on the back of the left thigh,” the affidavit reported.

Eventually, Burton was subdued and taken to Crockett Medical Center for non-emergency treatment. Once she was medically cleared by the hospital, Burton was transported to the Houston County Jail and booked into custody on charges of assaulting a public servant, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The disorderly conduct charge is a Class C misdemeanor, while the resisting offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor.

Assaulting a public servant, however, is considered as a third degree felony. According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

Burton remains in the Houston County Jail and is held on bonds totaling $30,000.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com