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Aiken man charged with assaulting Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt

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An Aiken man was charged Wednesday with third degree assault and battery for alledgedly striking Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt.

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Nathan Lively, 31, led the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office on a two-hour long manhunt before a bloodhound tracking team located the suspect in a wooded area off Belvedere-Clearwater Road about 3 p.m., said sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah.

About 1 p.m., Hunt questioned lively in the parking lot of Signature Hair Design, 1009 Belvedere-Clearwater Road, because he matched a description of a burglary suspect. Deputies were patrolling the area because several burglaries were reported.

As Hunt was talking to Lively, he attempted to flee. Hunt grabbed the suspect’s clothing, and Lively used his hand to swat at the sheriff and hit him in the side near his rib cage, Abdullah said.

Because the incident happened so quickly, a more detailed description of the manner by which Lively hit Hunt was not known, Abdullah said. Hunt was not injured.

Abdullah said it was not known if Lively was connected to the burglaries, but an investigation is ongoing.

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jmo
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jmo 10/24/13 - 04:42 am
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I don't believe this is ..........

the person I would have picked to assault.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/24/13 - 05:49 am
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Hhhhhmmmm

"Hunt grabbed the suspect’s clothing, and Lively used his hand to swat at the sheriff and hit him in the side near his rib cage, Abdullah said."

Been involved in quite a few manhunts!! He swats at the Sheriff and they begin a two hour manhunt? Calling in numerous off duty deputies? I'm just curious if they would have called in all these folks if he would have committed the same actions towards a road patrol deputy? I have my serious doubts and those doubts come from experience.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 10/24/13 - 09:37 am
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What a waste of money to call

What a waste of money to call in alot of off duty people because the man swats at the sheriff. I am with you on this myfather. You know it would not happen if it was anyone but the sheriff.

dwb619
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dwb619 10/24/13 - 10:58 am
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justified?

From the TV reports ,there had been a rash of burglaries in the area. Our sheriff was in the process of questioning Mr. Lively when he ran. A search of the Aiken County records revealed that Mr. Lively has been arrested on more than a dozen occasions for crimes including forgery, breaking into automobiles , abuse of vulnerable adult, and assault and battery.
It is my opinion that our sheriff was completely correct for calling out the dogs.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/24/13 - 11:22 am
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Never a good idea

to punch out the sheriff!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 10/24/13 - 12:53 pm
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Hunt is a cowboy sometimes who likes camera time!

Glad he makes his appearances for his constituents but really? Sounds like nothing more than just the aggravation of being a police officer. Hunt has gotten his camera time and he wasn't hurt so enough is enough!

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willie Lee 10/24/13 - 07:57 pm
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Why was this kid stopped! Was their reasonable suspicion? Hunt is all of 5'-2", has already killed one man, is a classic example of the Napoleon complex, and got mad because this guy did not want to talk to him. Neither would I knowing the corruption of the ACSD.

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