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Man arrested after allegedly approaching deputy while holding tree limb like a bat
William Dale Walker

A Gainesville man is accused of approaching a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy while holding a 4-foot tree branch “similar to a baseball bat” before backing down, according to authorities.

The original call Saturday to the 3900 block of Frasier Circle was to a dispute between William Dale Walker, 49, and a woman who called 911. Both live at the residence and had an argument.

Walker allegedly backed the victim into a corner, said sheriff’s office spokesman Derreck Booth.

When deputies responded Saturday afternoon, they reportedly found Walker “agitated and screaming” outside of the house, Booth said.

Walker then allegedly picked up a tree limb that was roughly 4 feet long and three inches in diameter, Booth said.

“The deputy attempted to talk to Walker and calm him down. Walker then came toward the deputy with the limb, holding it in a fashion similar to a baseball bat. Walker backed down and dropped the limb,” Booth wrote in an email.

Walker allegedly ran away when the deputy attempted to handcuff him. A pair of deputies later heard a third deputy “yelling commands to Walker on the other side of the house,” Booth said.

“Walker had refused to put his hands behind his back and struggled with all three deputies as they arrested him,” Booth said.

No one was injured.

Walker was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault and three counts of obstruction of an officer. Two of the obstruction charges are felonies.

Walker was booked Saturday, Oct. 6, in to the Hall County Jail, where he is being held on a $12,000 bond.

No attorney information was available Monday, Oct. 8, from Hall County Magistrate Court officials.