Murray County

November 10, 2013

Murray deputy OK after surgery

A Murray County Sheriff’s deputy was recovering from surgery Sunday evening after being injured while making an arrest Saturday night.

Brett Morrison suffered a broken leg — both his tibia and fibula — after trying to arrest Donathan Brannon, 42, for disorderly conduct. According to public posts on Morrison’s wife’s Facebook page, Morrison had surgery Sunday morning and is expected to need another surgery within the month to repair the damage.

Brannon was taken into custody several hours later. He was expected to be charged late Sunday evening with disorderly conduct, simple assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and a felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer for the incident, Chief Deputy Greg Fowler said Sunday evening.

Morrison originally responded to a domestic call just before midnight complaining a family member would not leave the residence at 13046 Highway 225 N. in northern Murray County, Fowler said. Brannon had been drinking and refused to leave, Fowler said. Morrison told him he’d be arrested for disorderly conduct and Brannon refused, he said.

“I don’t know what transpired... Brett ended up off the porch and his leg was broken,” Fowler said earlier on Sunday. “That’s the part of the puzzle we don’t have yet.”

Morrison had been sedated for pain, and because of the surgery wasn’t able to give officers details of how the incident occurred, Fowler said. Morrison had used pepper spray on Brannon during the incident, he said.

Brannon fled the scene, but stayed in touch with Murray County sheriff’s officials.

“A little before 5 (a.m.) he called me and said he wanted to turn himself in,” Fowler said.

Brannon was treated for the pepper spray and held in the Murray County jail. He had not yet been booked as of late Sunday evening.

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