Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— On August 22, 2015 WCSO deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person complaint near W. Hodge road where they observed a white male, later identified as Burnham Edson, 35, with blood on his face.
Edson was treated on scene by South Walton Fire Rescue and deputies drove to his residence to attempt to make contact with Edson’s wife and friends who were at the home.
Due to his level of intoxication and initially giving deputies the wrong address Edson was told he needed to stay in the patrol car for safety reasons. The car was left running so he could have air conditioning.
When deputies attempted to make contact with friends and family at the home they heard loud bangs and ran outside and witnessed Edson kick out the rear driver side window of the vehicle. Edson was screaming obscenities and attempting to climb out the window. A deputy grabbed Edson and told him he was under arrest and gave him orders to get on the ground.
Edson continued to yell obscenities and began to resist, clinching his right fist, and turning towards the deputy to swing a punch. A second deputy deployed a Taser striking Edson in the back.
“If you’re going to be dumb you had better learn to be tough,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This was a qualified and measured use of force in which the actions of the deputy were dictated by the actions of the subject.”
After checking the patrol car it was observed that Edson had kicked the sliding window open and attempted to remove a shotgun from the vehicle lock. Edson was arrested for property damage/ criminal mischief of more than $200 and resisting an officer with violence.