Man charged after hitting person with wooden plank


GIFFORD – A 45-year-old man was jailed last week after deputies said he hit another man in the head with a two-by-four plank of wood during a heated altercation. The man, identified as Christopher Yon Brannon, then approached a deputy while holding the piece of wood in both hands like a baseball bat, the show reports.

Christophe Yon Brannon

Brannon, of the 4300 block of 31st Avenue, Gifford, was charged with armed burglary of a home, structure or conveyance, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery and injuries to a law enforcement officer. Brannon was held Monday at the Indian River County Jail on $300,000 bond.

Indian River County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a disturbance around 9 p.m. Friday at a residence on 31st Avenue. Deputies heard that Brannon broke a locked door of an RV that was used as a residence, according to reports.

Brannon then entered the house, which was occupied by four other people. Deputies said Brannon yelled at an individual inside a room and threatened to beat him with the two-by-four.

When Brannon left the house, two people who were inside followed him. Deputies said Brannon hit one of the individuals with the wooden plank.

Deputies arrived and saw Brannon standing in the middle of the roadway screaming and holding the piece of wood above his head, officials said. Brannon shouted at onlookers while swinging the two-by-four, according to reports.

A patrol assistant turned on his vehicle’s hazard lights. The deputy then got out of the patrol car and gave Brannon several orders to drop the plank of wood, according to reports.

Brannon approached the deputy while still holding the two-by-four. Brannon finally dropped the piece of wood when the deputy pulled out his gun and told Brannon he would shoot him if he didn’t comply, according to reports.

Deputies arrested Brannon and committed him to the county jail. Brannon has an arraignment at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 3, according to court records.


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