Wild moment Vermont dad swings an EXCAVATOR at state troopers while they try to arrest his son
A Vermont man was caught on camera swinging a backhoe near two state agents who were arresting his son for breaking and entering.
Troopers Gabe Schrauf and Skylar Velasquez were seen on the dashcam wrestling Brandon Tallman, 24, before throwing him to the ground during the arrest outside a home in Hardwick, Vermont on June 14.
Brandon’s mother Amy, 48, then joined the melee before she too was arrested.
All the while, a large red backhoe could be seen approaching the officers in the driveway as they struggled to handcuff the mother and son.
The excavator, which police say was driven by Brandon’s father Wayne Tallman, 52, looms closer to the mob and the heavy metal shovel of the machine begins to swing.
The officers then notice the machine and one drew his gun and dodged the shovel of the machine, while the other held Amy and Brandon to the ground. No one was injured in the incident and all Tallmans were arrested.
Wayne was charged with aggravated assault against a protected officer, resisting arrest, obstruction and reckless danger. Amy was subpoenaed for obstructing an officer, and Brandon Tallman, 24, was arrested on his original charge of aggravated assault and burglary.
A Vermont man was caught on camera swinging a digger wildly near two state agents who arrested his son for breaking and entering
Wayne Tallman, 52, and Amy Tallman, 48. Wayne was charged with aggravated assault against a protected officer, resisting arrest, obstructing and recklessly endangering. Amy was subpoenaed for obstructing an officer
Brandon Tallman, 24. He was arrested for aggravated assault and violence when his parents intervened to stop it
Officers had arrived at a home in Hardwick, Vermont, on June 14, to arrest Brandon in connection with an incident that had occurred a few days earlier.
“It could have been, ‘Sir, turn around, put your hands behind your back, you’re under arrest for assault,’ and they would have driven off,” said Vermont State Police Captain Matt Daley.
Instead, Brandon’s parents both desperately tried to stop the officers from arresting him.
Footage taken from the dashboard of a police car showed a police SUV parked in the driveway of the house, with the red arm of an excavator looming in the background.
Officers Schrauf and Velasquez watch them struggle with Brandon in the driveway, while his mother chases after them and grabs herself.
The officers wrestle Amy and Brandon to the ground, while in the background the stick comes alive and moves toward the brawl.
Wayne approaches in the backhoe, and as he raises his huge arm and shovel in the air, Schrauf jumps back and pulls a weapon from his belt.
Wayne first approached the police in the backhoe and held the shovel over their patrol car. Amy and Brandon can be held by the agents on the right
On the right, state trooper Gabe Schrauf can be seen aiming a weapon at Wayne in the excavator’s cab
As Velasquez holds Brandon and Amy to the ground, Schrauf can be seen talking to Wayne, appearing to command him to lower the shovel or get out of the backhoe.
Wayne continues to approach the officers and can argue with them from the cab of the machine.
Wayne tosses the shovel to the roof over the patrol car, lifts it and quickly lowers it to the officers. Velasquez ducks to avoid the blow, while Schrauf moves to the side and points his gun at Wayne.
The video drops out as Wayne swings the shovel back over the patrol car.
Daley praised Schrauf and Valesquez for their actions during the arrest.
“It was a dangerous situation you ended up in and in the end you came out on top, you influenced the arrest, you both went home that night. That’s the purpose of why we went there,” he said.
“They don’t have a screenplay at the academy where we practice this.”
The Tallman family: Amy Tallman (far left), Brandon Tallman (third from left), and Wayne Tallman (far right)
The arrest was a family affair: Amy Tallman (far left) Brandon Tallman (second from left) and Wayne Tallman (far right)