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2 indicted for alleged assaults on police

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett grand jury this week indicted two men for allegedly assaulting police in two separate cases this year.

In the earlier case, Atlanta resident Cedric Buffington was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer after he allegedly ran over a Gwinnett County cop's foot with a Pontiac in June.

Gwinnett officers investigating a fight call on Arnold Street in Buford spotted the car at a stop sign and questioned its two occupants. The men denied having anything illegal in the car but did not consent to a search.

A physical altercation ensued between an officer and Buffington, the driver, until he sped off, running over the officer's foot and knocking him to the ground in the process.

The officer escaped the ordeal with superficial injuries and was released from hospital care that night.

Patrol units searched for the Pontiac that night, to no avail. Buffington was eventually booked at the Gwinnett County Jail in August.

In the second indicted case, Norcross resident Maynor Ramirez was formally charged with aggravated assault upon a police officer for allegedly charging police with a kitchen knife in August.

Two Gwinnett police officers opened fire that Saturday night on Ramirez, who was reportedly drunk and brandishing the knife at a Tucker house party. He was struck twice in the torso, police said.

Ramirez had active warrants for a probation violation stemming from traffic offenses in the south Georgia town of Adel, police said.

Ramirez was transferred from the hospital to jail when his condition allowed the following week, records show.

Both Buffington and Ramirez are being held at the jail without bond. Ramirez, a native of Guatemala, is being detained for federal immigration authorities.