Hamilton Bynog, 41 of Natchitoches, was arrested on multiple charges resulting from an incident at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse July 18, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began at 3:21 pm, when a courthouse alarm alerted deputies of a disturbance on the first floor. Bynog was attending a child custody hearing. During court proceedings he became upset over a ruling, left court and exited the courthouse.
Shortly afterwards, Bynog allegedly ran back into the courthouse where he encountered his ex-wife, child and a court bailiff who was escorting them from the courtroom. A scuffle ensued between the bailiff and Bynog as the bailiff attempted to protect the ex-wife and child.
The scuffle continued as Natchitoches Police Chief Mickey Dove and others were leaving a 911 board meeting. Dove immediately engaged to assist in the disturbance and while doing so received a laceration to his right eye.
During the struggle Bynog was told to comply, but he continued resisting. The bailiff deployed a Conducted-Electrical Weapon (CEW) to gain control of the suspect.
Dove was treated at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, receiving three stitches to his right eye. Bynog was transported to the NRMC for observation. He was then booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with 1-count of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery, 1-count of Battery of a Police Officer, 2-counts of Resisting an Officer, and 1-count of Disturbing the Peace. Bynog was released July 19 on a $50,000 appearance bond.
Deputies say some video accounts of the incident have been circulating on social media.One such video shows Dove walking up on the incident as he was leaving his meeting.
“It’s just something that shouldn’t have happened,” he said.
Sheriff Jones stated that the Sheriff’s Office takes courthouse security seriously for the protection of employees and the public.
“We are fortunate that Chief Dove and others were in the immediate area to engage and assist in Tuesday’s incident which could have easily lead to other consequences,” said Jones.