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June 18, 2021

Hospital Disturbance in the ER / Fighting Deputies Leads to Arrest

A Madisonville man was jailed on Thursday (June 17, 2021) after fighting with deputies at a Franklinton hospital. James K. Johnston, age 59 and a resident of Stone Bridge Curve in Madisonville, was combative and creating a disturbance in the hospital emergency room. Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and were assaulted by Johnston as they attempted to calm him.

Johnston was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail where he was booked on charges of battery on a police officer, resisting an officer, criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace and interference with medical treatment. No bond has been set at this time. He has no previous record of incarceration in Washington Parish.

“Johnston obviously was a threat to the medical staff as well as to our deputies,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “The only way to remedy the situation was to arrest him, and that is what they did. Johnson’s continued aggressive behavior left our deputies no choice in the matter except to escort him to jail.”

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