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Man repeatedly beat deputy in face during arrest, deputies say

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A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy was injured after investigators say a man repeatedly punched him in the head during an arrest in Iron Station.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Deputy Travis Williams went to the 700 block of Trinity Lane on Thursday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. to the disturbance call.

When he arrived, deputies say 42-year-old Robert Hayes Hunter and another person were involved in an argument over property.

As Deputy Williams was holding one arm trying to place Hunter in custody, he struck the officer in the head several times with his other hand and arm, investigators told WBTV.

Deputy Williams called for backup and was able to hold Hunter at gunpoint until another deputy could arrive at the scene.

Investigators say Hunter also resisted the second deputy as well, but the deputies were finally got him under control and in handcuffs. 

He was transported to the magistrate's office where he was charged with felony Assault Inflicting Serious Injury on a Law Enforcement Officer, Injury to Personal Property and two counts of Resist, Delay and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer.

He was placed under a $20,000 secured bond.

Deputy Williams suffered facial lacerations, swelling under the eye and a fractured nose.  Lincoln County EMS transported Williams to CMC-Lincoln where he was treated and released.

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