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Jackson, La Marshals Officer slashed multiple times on head

Jackson Town Marshal Officer Gerald Smith (Source: Jackson Town Marshal) Jackson Town Marshal Officer Gerald Smith (Source: Jackson Town Marshal)
JACKSON, LA (WAFB) -

For the first time in the history of the Jackson Town Marshals, one of their officers was brutally attacked Sunday.

"He pulled out a knife and started swinging wildly," described Deputy Marshal Cary Quiet.

Officer Quiet says serving a warrant around 8 a.m. turned into a life or death situation.

He says he and Officer Gerald Smith went to the Eddie Robinson Ln. home of Douglas Veal.

Veal was accused of throwing a rock at a car and threatening the owner of a nearby supermarket.

"Myself and Gerald Smith were met by the subject who started throwing bleach at my face and then my uniform which kind of temporarily blinded me," said Quiet. "So I immediately took my taser out and tased him which had no affect on him."

The Marshals Office says Officer Smith then tackled the man.

As the scuffle continued, Veal grabbed a knife and slashed Officer Smith a few times across his head.

The man's rage continued, he then overpowered Officer Quiet and tried to grab his gun.

When 9News asked Officer Quiet what he was thinking in the moment he answered, "My training was to keep my hands on that gun. Good thing I had one of those retention knives on my weapon to keep him from getting it out."

Officer Quiet says a sheriff's deputy came to the rescue and Veal was finally taken into custody.

He's charged with battery of an officer and attempted murder.

Officer Smith is expected to make a full recovery.

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