Soldier shot with taser after fighting police outside Fort Benning


A US Army soldier based out of Fort Benning was tased over the weekend after he reportedly tried to fight several police officers outside of a Columbus bar.

25-year-old Travon Matthews faces one count each of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and obstruction after allegedly engaging in melee combat outside of the Hooch bar on Sunday, resulting in the soldier being tased before his arrest.

Matthews was approached by an off-duty CPD officer -who was moonlighting as a security guard- just shy of 3 AM after the lawman saw Matthews throwing a mobile phone at a patron of the establishment.

When police ordered Matthews to leave, he refused. Upon being told he would be arrested, he began to fight three or four police officers, prompting police to subdue him with less-lethal methods.

Suffering minor injuries and smelling of alcohol, Matthews was taken to the hospital before being hauled off to the Muscogee County Jail.

Travon Matthews

According to the Ledger-Enquirer, he was scheduled for an initial court hearing on Monday.

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