Suffolk man arrested for allegedly assaulting officer, throwing rocks at cars

Morris Rashawn Newsome (Photo: Suffolk Police Department)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police arrested and charged a Suffolk man for allegedly assaulting an officer and throwing rocks at vehicles as drivers passed.

At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 3600 block of Hennesy Cup Way in reference to a call for service. No one answered the door and dispatch wasn’t able to get the caller back on the phone.

As officers were clearing the road at that scene, they were flagged down by the driver of a mini-van who said that a man walking down Shoulders Hill Road had struck his windshield with a rock. The driver described the suspect as a black male wearing a camouflage hoodie pulled over his head.

As police searched for the suspect, dispatch received a call from another driver whose vehicle had also been damaged. The caller provided the same description of the suspect as the first driver.

An officer found a man matching the suspect description in the parking lot of a business in the 3500 block of Shoulders Hill Road. When the officer approached the man, he immediately began assaulting the officer. Police say he also didn’t obey commands given by other responding officers.

Officers were able to subdue the suspect by tasing him, then he was handcuffed, according to Spokesperson for the City of Suffolk Diana Klink.

Klink also said that the officer was treated, and released, at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating the incident and checking out body cam footage.

28-year-old Morris Rashawn Newsome, of Suffolk, was transported to Western Tidewater Regional Jail and was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer and throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle.

Stay with for any updates to this developing story.

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