aggravated assault


Definition of aggravated assault

: an assault that is more serious than a common assault: such as
a : an assault combined with an intent to commit a crime
b : any of various assaults so defined by statute

Examples of aggravated assault in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officers were responding to a call about a man suspected in an aggravated assault last week returning with a knife, according to Phoenix police. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, "Protest planned Sunday night for man Phoenix police shot and killed in Maryvale," 5 July 2020 Officer Devin Brosnan, who was also on the scene when Brooks was shot, faces an aggravated assault charge. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Atlanta detective says Rayshard Brooks would have faced 10 charges," 1 July 2020 He was booked into the Garland jail on two counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, one count of discharge of firearms in certain municipalities and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Dallas man runs over Garland officer after shooting into the air at convenience store, police say," 29 June 2020 Devin Brosnan, the other officer at the shooting, faces an aggravated assault charge for allegedly standing on Brooks after the shooting in a parking lot. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "About 170 Atlanta officers called out sick after cops were charged in Rayshard Brooks' death," 27 June 2020 Brosnan, 26, is facing an aggravated assault charge. Fox News, "'Blue flu' hit 171 Atlanta cops after 2 officers charged in Rayshard Brooks case: report," 26 June 2020 In addition to malice murder and felony murder charges, the McMichaels and Bryan each are charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Kate Brumback, Anchorage Daily News, "3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery," 25 June 2020 Esparza said Crusius also faces more counts in relation to the nearly two dozen people people injured -- 22 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with a hate crime enhancement, reports KDBC. CBS News, "El Paso Walmart shooting suspect faces new murder charge after death of 23rd victim," 25 June 2020 Each man is facing charges of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Photo: Erin Clark/the Boston Globe/getty Images.,, "Three Men Have Been Indicted On Murder Charges For Killing Ahmaud Arbery — Finally," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of aggravated assault

1845, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 2020

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“Aggravated assault.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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