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Man Charged, $1 Million Bond For Trying To Disarm Police Officer Again

Posted at 7:30 PM, May 10, 2013

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — A man formerly shot and imprisoned for trying to disarm a police officer was charged Friday after trying the same thing again and being arrested Thursday evening.

Toby Farley, 34, of Van Buren County’s Bangor Township was arraigned Friday afternoon in South Haven District Court on one count of attempting to disarm a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of being a habitual offender. Bond was set at $1 million.

Farley’s next court appearance has been scheduled for 1 p.m. May 20 in South Haven District Court.

At 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department deputies were asked to assist Child Protective Services workers checking a residence in the 28000 block of County Road 687 regarding a possible child neglect complaint.

Deputies obtained the names of the individuals living at this home. One of them was Farley.  He was known to have a valid warrant for his arrest, as a parole absconder, so deputies, Bangor police officers and Child Protective Services case workers went to the home.

Officers noted almost immediately upon coming into the driveway that Farley ran out the back side of the home into a swampy wooded area.  Officers gave chase and apprehended Farley, who struggled with officers as they attempted to place handcuffs on him.

As he was being escorted to police cars, Farley began to grab and attempt to pull out a deputy’s handgun from his holster.  Officers then again had to use defensive tactics that they had trained in to control Farley’s attempt.

Farley was not able to pull the weapon out of the holster, but was clearly attempting to do so.

In 2006 Farley was charged with and convicted of disarming a state trooper, who shot Farley as he did so.  Farley was paroled from prison on this charge and several other felony counts just a few months ago.

Farley is currently being held in the Van Buren County Jail on charges of being a parole absconder, resisting arrest and attempted disarming of a police officer.