A traffic stop in Moniteau County ended in the arrest of a 31-year old man from California, MO, for several offences, including Assault on Law Enforcement, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Assault on a K-9.

Around 2:00 Friday morning, Moniteau County Sheriff's deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of Highway 50 and Forrest Road for a vehicle with an equipment violation.

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Deputies asked the driver, 31-year old Skyler W. Williams, of California, MO to step out of the vehicle and reportedly received a consent to search.

According to the report, when deputies began the search, Williams ran back to the vehicle and attempted to retrieve a semi-automatic handgun. Deputies grabbed Williams who then began to fight.

The deputies deployed a taser which reportedly had no effect on Williams who continued to assault the deputies. At that time, Williams attempted to take a handgun from a deputy's holster.

A K-9 unit, named Apollo, was deployed and engaged Williams, who then released the deputy. At that point, Williams reportedly began attempting to choke K-9 Apollo as he fled onto a grassy area near the road.

Police officers from California, MO then arrived on scene and deployed a taser on Williams, who was finally taken into custody.

According to the report, deputies received minor injuries and K-9 Apollo was unharmed.

Deputies searched the vehicle and reportedly located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, digital scales, and marijuana. According to the report, the meth and marijuana appeared to be packaged for sale.

Willams was taken to the Moniteau County Jail for several offences including, Distribution of Controlled Substance (meth), Distribution of Controlled Substance (marijuana), 4 counts of Assault on Special Victim Law Enforcement, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Disarming a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on a Police Animal.

Bond was set at $250,000.

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