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Sarasota man attacked deputy during cruelty investigation, deputies say


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A Sarasota man is being held without bail after allegedly attacking a deputy after dead calves were found on his property, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.

According to an affidavit, David Kenneth Damschroeder, 63, 16419 Winburn Place, was arrested late Monday after deputies were called to a report of a suspicious person in the area of Winburn and South Winburn drives.

Deputies said Damschroeder was "very agitated and argumentative" when they met with him and even challenged them to a fight, but calmed down when he was offered a ride back to his home because it was raining.

After arriving at his house, deputies began investigating livestock being kept at the home and found three dead and two sick calves. Damschroeder began wandering around the property as the investigation continued, the affidavit said, and started to curse at the deputies.

At one point, he balled up his right hand into a fist and prepared to swing at one deputy. When the deputy told him to not to touch him, Damschroeder pushed the deputy in the chest, the affidavit said The deputy and other officers took Damschroeder to the ground and handcuffed him.

Damschroeder is charged with one count each of assault on a law enforcement officer and battery on a law enforcement officer.

The sick calves were taken to West Coast Veterinary Center/Braden River Equine for care.

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