Gulfport Man Charged With Assault On A Police Officer

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- The Gulfport man accused of attacking a police officer has been charged with a felony and released on bond.

Tracy Butler, 44, is charged with simple assault on a police officer. He's accused of attacking the officer during an incident Tuesday afternoon at Three Rivers and Rippy Road.

Police say Butler had been laying in the middle of the road. They say a motorcycle officer stopped to assist and was then assaulted by Butler.

During the arrest, the suspect was shot with a taser and tackled by another police officer. Some witnesses claim Gulfport police used excessive force during the arrest.

Police are investigating, but Chief Alan Weatherford said there's nothing new to report.