Westminster man charged after alleged physical altercation with sheriff's deputy

Westminster man charged after alleged physical altercation with sheriff's deputy
William Gordon (Courtesy photo)

A Westminster man was arrested Monday after an alleged physical altercation with a sheriff's deputy.

William Nicholas Gordon, 26, of the 1500 block of Bollinger Road, was charged with five counts including second-degree assault and electronic mail harassment. He was released on $5,000 bail, according to electronic court records.


According to the statement of charges, deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office spoke with an individual who reported having been harassed by Gordon via phone calls and text messages.

Deputies made contact with Gordon at his residence and attempted to bring him to Carroll Hospital for evaluation. He said it was against his will and attempted to evade deputies, at one point grabbing a deputy by his shirt. He was taken to the ground where he continued to not comply with police orders, according to the statement.

He then pushed himself off the ground, according to the statement. A deputy reported feeling Gordon’s hand touch his holster, leading him to “fear that William was attempting to take his firearm.” The deputy struck him in the face and an additional deputy then assisted in taking him into custody “using muscling techniques,” according to the statement.

When reached by phone, Gordon said he is innocent of the charges.

“I don’t understand any of it at all,” he said.

He said he did not know why deputies were able to come to his house without a warrant and forcibly take him to the hospital. He said he felt his rights as a citizen had been taken away because of a history of mental illness.

He said the altercation had gone further than was described in the charging documents and that he had been struck repeatedly, choked and threatened with a Taser by deputies. He said it did not make sense that he would have been able to get up after being taken to the ground.

“I never expected this. I don’t know what I’m going to do to fight this,” he said.

He said he wished the deputies were equipped with body cameras because it would have corroborated his story.

“Now it’s my word against three police officers,” he said.

He said he asked for badge numbers of the deputies multiple times, but was not given them for those involved in the alleged altercation. He said he felt the charges had come as retaliation after he said he would file a complaint.

A court date is scheduled for Dec. 5.