Carbondale man found guilty of aggravated battery after kicking police officer in the head

A Carbondale man on trial for both aggravated battery to a police officer and threatening to shoot a business owner was found guilty on Friday.

Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr says evidence showed that 32-year-old Tony Johnson threatened to shoot a co-owner of Curbside on February 28th, 2014 after a dispute in the business.

Carbondale officers arrived at the business and arrested Johnson.

Officer Raul Contreras took Johnson to the Carbondale Police Department for processing but as Johnson exited the squad car, he became aggressive and two began to struggle.

Officer Contreras subdued Johnson, but Johnson was able to kick Contreras in the head before other officers arrived to help. The incident was caught on video surveillance.

Johnson was found guilty of Aggravated Battery to a Carbondale Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct for threatening to shoot a business owner.

He will be sentenced on March 18th.

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