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Posted on: October 9, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Two officers assaulted by man

On October 8 at 11:27 a.m., officers were called to a home in the 100 block of Lea Avenue, after a 32-year-old man had punched his 66-year-old father several times. The 32-year-old man was reported to have punched a neighbor earlier in the day and had jumped off the roof the previous day. Officers arrived and found the subject standing in the front yard across from the street and staring up at the sky. The officer contacted the man, who continued to act in a strange manner, didn’t listen to instructions and made suicidal statements. He reported recently relapsing on methamphetamine. A second officer joined the first officer and they took the man into custody (he had a previously broken elbow in a splint, so they had to make provisions with the handcuffs to accommodate his injury). As the officers were walking the man to the vehicle, he suddenly delivered a painful kick into the leg of the female officer while using a gender slur and threatening to shoot her. She and the other officer took him to the ground as softly as possible due to the man’s previous injury.

The man was taken to Lane County Jail, but was unable to be lodged as he only had a splint. Offices drove him to the hospital to get a cast. While there, he acted in a strange manner and called a black officer by racial slurs and then kicked that officer in the chest with both feet, sending him backwards and nearly into medical instruments. The officer was not injured.

The man was taken to jail and charged with Assault 4 APA, Assault on Public Safety Officer, Harassment with Bias.

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