DECATUR — A 35-year-old man was arrested Tuesday evening after striking an officer in the face during a domestic violence call at the man's residence, police said.

Officers were sent at 6:37 p.m. and met with a woman in the front yard of the residence she shares with the man, detective Sgt. Chris Copeland of the Decatur Police Department said. She told police her boyfriend was being verbally abusive, but did not place his hands on her, Copeland said.

Meanwhile, the suspect was standing at the front door, yelling at officers, Copeland said. The woman told officers she wanted them to accompany her inside of the home as she gathered her and her children's belongings because her boyfriend had been physically abusive in the past.

Copeland said the man allowed the woman to enter the residence, but blocked the doorway as officers tried to follow. The suspect bumped into an officer's chest and tried to close the door, Copeland said, and he struck an officer in the face and squared up to fight.

A sworn affidavit said the suspect said, "come on," as he held his fists in front of him, challenging the officers to a fight.

Another officer tackled the suspect onto a couch, but he refused to put his hands behind his back and moved toward the kitchen, Copeland said. The man continued to resist, so an officer deployed his Taser, and the man was arrested, he said.

The officer who was hit in the face had one-inch long abrasion near the left corner of his mouth, which was bleeding, according to a sworn affidavit.

The man was booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary felony charges of aggravated battery to a police officer and obstructing and resisting police, which are subject to review by the state's attorney's office. He is being held in lieu of $20,000.

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