A Randolph man is facing charges after reportedly smearing blood on a Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Dennis Richard Briggs Jr., 37, is charged with assault on an officer. He was held over the weekend at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Deputy Jacob Pierce was called to 17 Maple St. around 10:30 p.m. Thursday for a report that a woman had cut herself. Briggs and another man were at the home when Pierce arrived, said Kennebec County Deputy Chief Ryan Reardon. Briggs, whose hands were covered in the woman’s blood, became agitated when Pierce questioned whether or not he was injured. Reardon said that at one point Briggs held up his hands, dripping blood onto Pierce’s forearms and shirt. He also wiped blood elsewhere on the deputy’s uniform, Reardon said.

“He got blood all over the deputy,” he said.

Briggs threatened Pierce at one point and then raised his fist as if he planned to hit Pierce, at which point the deputy used an electronic stun device on Gilbert and placed him under arrest.

Reardon said the blood exposure poses a particular danger due to blood-borne pathogens that can take time to develop.

“You have to be ultra careful,” Reardon said.

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