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The gavel came down on this defendant

…Right on his head!

LITTLE ROCK — A Pulaski County circuit judge came to the rescue of his bailiff Monday, using his gavel to help subdue a jail inmate fleeing from his courtroom.

The inmate was struggling with bailiff Ronnie Smith, two attorneys and at least one courtroom spectator just outside the courtroom, Judge Barry Sims said. The judge said he wanted to use his stun gun to subdue James Davis, but when he realized he’d left the stun gun in his chambers, he struck the man with the only thing he had left, his gavel.

“I ran out there to see if I could help,” Sims said. “He would not go to the ground. He would not go down. I grabbed my gavel and I tapped him on the head and he went down.”

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