POLICE: Man assaults three Greenville police officers

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Greenville police say that three of their officers are recovering after being assaulted by a man Sunday night.

Police say the assaults happened a little before 6:00 p.m. on Copper Beech Drive on Sunday after someone called them about a man with a dog who they said banged on their door before running in, punching someone inside, and then leaving again.

When police got to the apartment, they said they got a second call that the same man was trying to get his dog to attack a delivery driver.

Police say they found the man, Ronald Hoff, standing outside his apartment and attempted to arrest him.

According to police, when they tried to put handcuffs on him, Hoff managed to grab one of them by the throat and refused to let go, keeping his grip on the officer’s throat until he could no longer breathe. Police say they had to use tasers, as well as physically hit Hoff to get him to let the officer go.

Police say that during the struggle Hoff was able to take one of their tasers and fire it multiple times. Hoff was finally taken into custody once several other officers arrived

Hoff was charged with felony breaking and entering to terrorize and/or injure, two counts of felony assault on a police officer causing serious injury, three counts of felony resisting a public officer causing serious injury, felony assault by strangulation, misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor injury to personal property.

Police say the three officers were taken to ECU Health Medical Center for treatment and are expected to recover.

The 21-year-old Hoff was released after posting an $86,000 secured bond.

The Pitt County jail originally identified this suspect as Robert Hoff. His name has been corrected to Ronald Hoff.