Man Threatens To Cut Deputy, Faces Aggravated Assault Charge

Suspect also threw phone, vape pen at patrol vehicle


Palm Coast, FL - A call for service takes a different turn after an irate man reportedly brandished a knife and threatened to cut a Flagler County deputy, all while on camera.

A deputy with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) responded to a suspicious incident on Shady Lane and met with two frantic males, including 30-year-old Clayton Callahan. According to an incident report from the Sheriff's Office, deputies were told about an uncooperative subject who said someone dropped them off at Shady Lane before driving off with their belongings in a black SUV.

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As the deputy tried to ask them questions, Callahan became agitated and began to pace and yell at the deputy. At one point, Callahan can be seen on video throwing his phone and vape pen at the windshield of the deputy's patrol car before launching into a tirade which included, per FCSO, "derogative and racist comments." Later on in the video, Callahan can walking past the deputy, which is when he made his threat.

"F*ck the police... I'll cut you," said Callahan.

That's also when Callahan reportedly pulled out a pocket knife from his waistline, brandishing it in front of the deputy. Afterwards, Callahan fled the scene.

Not long after he fled, a resident of Shady Lane called dispatch and told deputies Callahan was trying to get inside of a house. When deputies responded Callahan ran into the woods. Eventually, a perimeter was established and deputies were able to call in a K-9 unit to help track down Callahan, who was later apprehended on Magnolia Road.

Callahan has since been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He was processed and booked into the Flagler County Jail where he is currently held on a $10,500 bond.

“Our deputies once again showed great restraint in a violent and dangerous encounter,” Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly said in a prepared release. “Our de-escalation training and their experience paid off and I commend them for taking this subject into custody without anyone getting injured."

FCSO further noted that Callahan has prior charges in Flagler County, including disorderly intoxication, domestic battery, and assault on a paramedic or firefighter.


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