An eight-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon reportedly stabbed a Metro Police officer who was investigating claims of animal cruelty in front of an Old Hickory-area middle school.
School Resource Officer Randy Fowler was apparently stabbed several times in the leg with a pen by the boy, according to police reports. Both the boy and his mother, Rachel Swafford, 31, were arrested.
Fowler, assigned to Dupont-Hadley Middle School, was alerted by students and staff that a juvenile was repeatedly kicking an adult female dog in the street just off school property. According to police, the boy ran when he saw Fowler approach despite the officer’s commands for him to stop.
The officer caught up with the boy outside his home nearby, handcuffed him and placed him under arrest for animal cruelty and loitering during school hours. The handcuffed child sat on the front porch of the home while Fowler attempted to explain to his mother what had happened.
According to reports, Swafford then grabbed her son, pushed him into the house and began scuffling with Fowler, telling him that the boy would not be arrested. During the scuffle, according to Metro Police, the boy — who had slipped out of the handcuffs — began stabbing Fowler in the leg with a pen. Fowler eventually got both mother and son under control and into custody, reports say.
Swafford was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Her bond is set at $12,500. Her son was charged at Juvenile Court with animal cruelty, loitering during school hours, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
Fowler was treated at an area hospital and released.