The officer was following up on a previous incident when he came in contact with the four students at the Yarber Hall dormitory. Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey said the officer was violently assaulted by the students and was transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville where he has since been released.
One 17-year-old juvenile student has been charged with one count of assault on a police officer and was transported to the Alcorn County Juvenile Detention Center. He has been released to the custody of his parents pending a hearing in Prentiss County Youth Court. Four other adult students – Willis Tomaz Cork, 19, of Weir; Rico Quartez Kimble, 20, of Belden and Marquez Desean Holland, 19, of Shannon – have each been charged with assault on a police officer and hindering prosecution. Bond was set for each at $25,000.
Ramey said officers from his department were called to Yarber Hall at 3:03 a.m. Friday on a report that a police officer had been assaulted.
Northeast Mississippi Community College Vice-President for Public Information Tony Finch said Monday he could only confirm there was an incident on the campus and that it is under investigation by authorities. He said he could not release any further information at this time.