An Aberdeen police officer was injured, breaking an ankle, while serving a warrant on a suspect at about 8 a.m. on Friday morning.
The officer, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Harbor Regional Health Community Hospital and the suspect, a 39-year-old man, was arrested.
“Two officers were in South Aberdeen doing a citizen assist in South Aberdeen,” said Lt. Steve Timmons in a phone interview. The officers noticed smoke behind a building and walked over, Timmons said. “They went to investigate the smoke. They thought it might be a fire.”
The officers found the 39-year-old man having an illegal burn, Timmons said. The suspect’s name will not be released until charges are announced, per department policy.
“He shoved one of the officers down, and took off running,” Timmons said. “They ran his name. It came back with some local warrants.”
The two officers caught up with the suspect, who began fighting the two officers. One officer broke his ankle while fighting with the suspect on the ground, Timmons said.
“The suspect got on top of the other officer,” Timmons said. “The officer who had his ankle broken got back in the fight and tasered the suspect.”
The suspect continued to struggle but was eventually subdued, Timmons said. A retired police captain also assisted with wrangling the suspect. The injured officer was hospitalized. The suspect was also taken to the hospital to check for injuries before being taken to jail, Timmons said.
“(The officer will) be out until he gets recovered. It could be a few months. It’s kind of really dependent on the doctor,” Timmons said. “Whatever support we can provide, we want to make sure we take care of our people.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Timmons said.
“It’s a lot of work. We want to thank all the surrounding agencies for their support,” Timmons said. “The fortunate thing we have around here is all the agencies are so tight knit.”