BPD: Man assaults officers responding to knife fight

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A Bartlesville man is behind bars after he allegedly fought against police called to a knife fight.

Bryan Lee Bishop, 21, faces charges of aggravated assault against an officer, obstructing an officer, resisting or interfering with police and aiding in the commission of a misdemeanor.

According to police, at around 6:23 p.m. Sunday police were sent to the 1500 block of S.W. Sante Fe due to a report of large group of people involved in a knife fight.

The first officer arriving to the scene found several men in a parking lot, one of whom was Bishop who had climbed into his car and was backing out, but stopped until he saw police.

Using a sidearm, the officer ordered the men to place their hands on their heads and Bishop to exit the car. Bishop reportedly obeyed but only after being ordered several more times and cursing while doing so.

However, as soon as Bishop stepped out of the vehicle, he placed his hands in his pockets and became noncompliant — cursing and refusing the officer's order to show his hands, said the report.

Only when other officers arrived did Bishop then begin to comply but even then as he was ordered to face his vehicle and place his hands on its roof did he try to try to spin around and to strike police.

Even after officers were able to bring Bishop to the ground he reportedly "continued to throw punches and resist" until officers used a tazer on him and handcuffed him. One officer's finger was cut in the process, according to the report.

Following getting Bishop under control, officers noticing one of the other two men had walked away looked for the man but were unable to find him.

Bishop reportedly on the ground told officers another man, identified as Hadley had been doing the fighting, that he himself had tried to break up the fight when Hadley pulled the knife.

The other man who had been waiting there on police told them he had texted Hadley to "not talk (expletive) on me if I'm not there."

"The next thing I know a white Buick pulls up with Bishop driving and then Hadley and three other males exit the vehicle," police quote the man as saying.

The man said he told Hadley he just wanted to talk but that they started throwing punches. He said he defended himself and Bishop had broken up the fight when Hadley came at him with a knife.

He said Hadley then threw the knife and ran.

Police searching the scene found the knife in some nearby bushes.

During Bishop's hearing in Washington County District Court on Monday, the judge set his bond to $50,000 and ordered him back on Oct. 5.

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