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Officers Assaulted By Man They Saved

07/07/2009 - 11:20 AM

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Charges are pending against a man Waite Park Police say spit and kicked several officers last Friday morning. It happened at around 12:45 AM outside the Waite Park Maintenance Building on 3rd Street South. Police responded to a call from a woman who said she was worried about her son’s medical condition. Officers arrived to a gathering of people, and a 21 year old Waite Park man ran into a nearby pond. Friends of the man told officers he was not a good swimmer. A Waite Park officer removed his gun belt and entered the water to rescue the 21 year old. When the officer reached the man he appeared to be unconscious and was brought to shore. Officers gave first aid and as the man recovered, he attempted to enter the water a second time. This time, he became aggressive with officers, kicking a Stearns County deputy as well as two St. Joseph police officers. The man was brought to the Emergency Room for evaluation. 4th degree assault charges are pending.

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