SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. – Two police officers were treated for minor injuries after they were attacked for trying to provide medical aid to a man who had just been in a fight.
WLKY News reported that the two Scott County Sheriff’s deputies had responded to a home between 2 and 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. The caller had said that two men had been fighting.
When the deputies arrived at the scene, one of the suspected fighters had left the scene. The other man was lying on the ground, clearly injured.
— WLKY (@WLKY) September 11, 2019
Reports said that a gun had been involved in the fight, but instead of being fired it was used as a “baton-like” weapon. Essentially, our man got pistol-whipped pretty good.
Deputy James Shelton and Deputy Johnny Coomer attempted to make contact with the man so that they could provide him medical attention and seek out information on who had done this to him.
But instead, he allegedly attacked the officers.
Deputies Shelton and Coomer wrestled with the man and were eventually able to subdue him long enough to get him into restraints. Emergency crews transported the man to an area hospital, where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Deputy Coomer reportedly injured his back during the scuffle. Shelton reported chest pains, but both were reported to be in stable condition and have been released from the hospital.
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Both deputies will remain off-duty pending the investigation into the event and the ensured wellbeing of both officers.
Police say that they were able to track down the other man who had been involved in the fight after he was arrested on a warrant out of Clark County citing domestic battery and strangulation charges.
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Authorities have not released the names of the victims.
Two other officers were injured in an early morning crash in Mississippi Wednesday morning.
The Gulfport Police Department confirmed the wreck just after 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say that the two officers were pulled to the side of the Mississippi highway to assist with an earlier crash.
Gulfport Police Department posted a message on Twitter, reminding drivers of their responsibility (and moral duty) to slow down and move over when they see first responders working on the interstate.
Here are some additional photos of the scene where two officers were struck while working a crash on I10 near the 35-36mm. Please slow down and move over when you see first responders. Within less than a week three officers have been struck on the coast while working crashes. pic.twitter.com/a03tZxfAWp
— Gulfport Police Dept (@GulfportPolice) September 11, 2019
Officials say that both officers are awake and alert, having been transported to an area hospital for treatment. Law Enforcement Today spoke with someone close to the department, who said that both officers are hurt, but are expected to make a full recovery.
“We know that one officer has two broken legs and the other has a broken ankle,” the source noted.
The scene of the wreck shows how dangerous the situation was.
WLOX reported that the Biloxi Police Department was assisting with the investigation into the accident. Regular traffic is being detoured past mile marker 38. Drivers are advised to avoid that area if possible and use extreme caution if traveling through there.
Often referred to as “Scott’s Law”, motorists are required to change lanes to give space to emergency crews. The trending social media tag #MoveOver has continued to remind motorists that they need to be mindful of police and emergency crews who are doing their jobs on the side of busy roads.
The law came into effect in 2002 when Chicago Firefighter Scott Glennon was struck and killed while working at the scene of an accident on the side of the highway.
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