Atlanta Police are looking for two men who have been reported as attacking an officer who was trying to break up a fight between the two of them.
The incident occurred last night outside of a gas station. The officer attempted to take one of the men into custody, but the second man attacked him from behind.
The two men made off with the officer's gun and radio.
The suspects are still at large. Police are still searching for the two men, and any tips are welcome and can be made anonymously.
As a Georgia DUI Attorney, I will outline the offense that the two suspects will most likely be charged with if and when they are apprehended.
Obstruction in Georgia
Obstruction in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-10-24. The statute outlines two different types of obstruction that are penalized differently from each other.
The first type of obstruction is known as misdemeanor obstruction. The law states:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this Code section, a person who knowingly and willfully obstructs or hinders any law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge of his official duties is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Misdemeanor obstruction has serious penalties. If convicted of misdemeanor obstruction, then a person is facing up to 12 months in jail as well as fines up to $1,000.
The second type of obstruction is known as felony obstruction. The law states:
(b) Whoever knowingly and willfully resists, obstructs, or opposes any law enforcement officer, prison guard, correctional officer, probation supervisor, parole supervisor, or conservation ranger in the lawful discharge of his official duties by offering or doing violence to the person of such officer or legally authorized person is guilty of a felony and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
Felony obstruction has serious penalties as well. If convicted of felony obstruction, then a person is facing up to five years in prison.
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