Fla. man attacks fire chief, police deputy with tire iron

A man suspected of being under the influence of methamphetamine was arrested after allegedly attempting to assault first responders

By Rachel Engel

HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. — A man was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and a firefighter following a motor vehicle fire.

Bonifay Fire Department members responded to the scene of a vehicle fire that was fully involved, MyPanhandle.com reported. Once the fire was extinguished, crews did a perimeter check and found David Lovvorn, 55, in the woods.

Fire Chief Larry Cook approached Lovvorn and offered his assistance.

“When I approached him and asked if I could help him he said that he would kill me,” Cook said. “That’s all he said.”

Lovvorn swung a tire iron, which hit Cook in the knee, prompting him to call for backup from Watching County Sheriff Kevin Crews.

“Our deputy gave him a couple of orders to drop the weapon at that time in which what he did at that point in time is he threw the tire iron, striking our deputy in the finger and in the leg area,” Crew said.

Deputies used a taser on Lovvorn and arrested him. He was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and a firefighter, as well as resisting arrest with violence.

“You just never know anymore,” Crews said. “Here we are to help somebody and here he is trying to hurt somebody.”

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