LEBANON, Missouri- A Lebanon police officer was hurt during a struggle with a suspect at a Lebanon business on Wednesday, but a good Samaritan helped end the situation.
The Lebanon Police Department says shortly after 4:00 p.m. an officer was called to Infuze Credit Union at 395 East Highway 32 on a stolen check cashing report. Employees said the suspect was at the drive-thru of the business trying to pass the check valued at $1,500.00. A second responding officer arrived to see an officer on the ground with a handcuffed suspect, a 29 year-old white male.
The police report says when the first officer arrived at the Credit Union he saw the suspect car stopped in the drive thru, he then approached the car and noticed all three occupants were acting strangely. The officer said he ordered the 29 year old male driver to exit the vehicle. He said he noticed the suspect kept reaching down toward the floor board. During the following arrest attempt, the driver attacked the officer and then fled to the edge of the parking lot. The officer said he and the driver then struggled and the suspect struck him in the face.
The driver again attempted to flee the field next to the Credit Union. That’s when the cop used his Taser and one probe struck the suspect and the other did not make contact. During the altercation the officer attempted to discharge his second cartridge but it would not deploy, the police report explained. The officer said the driver continued to physically resist him and they struggled to the edge of the parking lot and that’s when a male passerby pulled into the parking lot and assisted the officer in the arrest of the suspect driver until other units came on scene.
The injured police officer was transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
The 20 year-old is facing a charge of Forgery, Possession of a Weapon in a Criminal Act, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug.
The 29 year-old is facing a charge of Second Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Illegal Weapons.
They were taken to the Laclede County jail and placed on a 24 hour-hold.
A handgun and other weapons were located by police in the vehicle, it was towed to the Lebanon Police Department for continuing investigation.
A local police wife wrote the following:
“My heart hurts for a special officer tonight and his family. Please pray for quick healing over his body, and peace for his family. To the good Samaritan who stopped to help, I pray you are blessed a million times over, you saved his life!
I also want to say thank you to a special officer who administered CPR last night and saved a life as well. Though I know you do not like recognition, I pray you get all the praise you deserve!
I am a very proud supporter of our Lebanon Police Department. We have some top-notch officers who deserve way more than they could ever get. Please say an extra prayer for all of them tonight!”