LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- A star football player at Dunbar High School is behind bars again, after Lee County Sheriff's deputies say he attempted to choke a deputy before being apprehended by a K-9.
According to booking records, 18-year-old Marquise Bryant faces a charge of carrying a concealed firearm, assault on an officer and resisting an officer. He is facing similar charges after an arrest in December.
On Sunday at 2:40 a.m., LCSO said Deputy Gus Vallejo was on patrol near Douglas Lane when he made contact with two males acting suspiciously. They were wearing dark clothing walking in the street looking into parked vehicles. As Vallejo stepped out of his vehicle to speak with them, one of the subjects ran off.
The other subject, now identified as Bryant, began to reach into his front right pocket. Deputy Vallejo ordered Bryant not to reach into his pocket and attempted to conduct a pat down for officer safety. The encounter turned violent when Bryant attempted to reach into his front right pocket again. Deputy Vallejo was able to gain control of Bryant and attempted to take him into custody.
Bryant reportedly then reached for Deputy Vallejo’s gun and attempted to choke him. Vallejo was able to use his device called a (Bailout) button, which opens up the rear door to release K-9 Bala.
During the course of the struggle, Bryant was able to reach into his pocket and retrieve a revolver. K-9 Bala apprehended Bryant on his right thigh bringing the violent confrontation to a close.
Deputy Vallejo and his K-9 partner Bala were not injured during the incident.