By PIO Bill Kennedy
May 24, 2010

Stafford, Va. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office has charged Reginald Latson, age 18, of 70 Ripley Road with 1 Count of Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer, 1 Count of Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer and 1 Count of Knowingly Disarming a Police Officer in Performance of His Official Duties after he assaulted a School Resource Officer in the back parking lot of North Stafford High School. Multiple deputies had responded to the area as a result of a call of a suspicious man with a gun in the area.

At 8:37 this morning the Sheriff's Office received a call from Park Ridge Elementary School that there was a suspicious male, possibly in possession of a gun, sitting in the grassy area of Porter Library, which is directly across the street from Park Ridge Elementary. Numerous units arrived on scene to find the subject no longer there. Responding deputies immediately set up a perimeter in the area. Park Ridge Elementary, North Stafford High School, Winding Creek Elementary and Hampton Oaks Elementary and Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School, all schools in the general vicinity, went on lockdown as the search for the subject continued.

20 minutes into the search, Deputy Thomas Calverley, the School Resource Officer at North Stafford High School, located the individual matching the description of the subject in question, coming out of the woods behind North Stafford High School. When Deputy Calverley requested identification from Reginald Latson, Latson proceeded to attack and assault the deputy for no apparent reason. The suspect struck the deputy numerous times. Deputy Calverley was able to administer his OC (Pepper Foam) on the subject. During the ensuing struggle, the subject as able to gain control of the OC and spray Deputy Calverley. The suspect fled the scene into the woods behind North Stafford High School. Multiple units arrived within moments of the attack to assist Deputy Calverley and locate the suspect. Latson was located in the woods, approximately 45 minutes after the attack on the deputy, by Corporal Rob Pomeroy and his K-9 Vader and was taken into custody without incident. No gun was found on the subject and subsequent investigation has indicated that that a gun was not actually seen by the reporting parties at Park Ridge Elementary. While no weapon was seen authorities are still investigating the possibility. Deputy Calverley was treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital where he is being treated for a head laceration, cuts, abrasions and a broken ankle. Deputy Calverley will under go surgery for his broken ankle sometime this afternoon.

Reginald Latson is currently being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.