Rogersville man faces five counts of assault on an officer

Jeff Bobo • Jul 17, 2015 at 2:11 PM

A Rogersville man who punched, kicked and scratched police officers who were trying to serve an arrest warrant last month was formally charged this week with several charges including five counts of assault on an officer.

One officer was allegedly pushed trough a glass shower door by Joseph Saverio Gullo. Police said Gullo was impervious to tazers during the struggle.

On June 18 officers with the Rogersville Police Department and Hawkins County Sheriff's Office went to the home of Gullo, 30, 3932 Rt. 66-S, Rogersville, to serve a warrant for probation violation and failure to appear.

Officers spoke to Gullo's mother, who lives in an adjoining apartment, and determined he was home.

According to a report filed by HCSO Deputy Josh Byrd, officers made several attempts to get Gullo to open the door to his apartment before they had to force their way in.

Gullo then barricaded himself in the bathroom.

After Gullo refused to come out police forced the door open, at which time Gullo allegedly began attacking officers.

Byrd said he was pushed through a glass shower door, and RPD Officer Chris Price was punched in the face.

"Other officers were kicked and scratched," Byrd said. "Officers (Chris) Funk and Price deployed their city issued tazers. This had little affect on Gullo. A short time later Gullo was restrained."

Byrd added, "It was determined on scene that Joseph Gullo was an emotionally disturbed person, and a psychological examination was ordered."

On Monday Gullo was formally charged with five counts of assault on an officer, two counts of resisting arrest, and evading arrest. His next court date is Aug. 17.

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