GRPD: Officer injured when suspect grabs baton

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say a suspect got hold of an officer’s baton and hit him with it during an arrest Wednesday morning.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the officer was called to the Verizon store on Michigan Street near Fuller Avenue NE — which is in the same building as an Ace hardware — around 10:45 a.m. on a report of a larceny.

Store manager Ron Roy told News 8 Thursday that the suspect tried to steal a couple of cellphones, a pair of headphones and car keys. Roy managed to tackle the suspect before police took over.

GRPD says the first officer on scene tried to arrest the suspect, but the suspect fought back. Police say the suspect tried to grab the officer’s gun and Taser but couldn’t. The suspect did manage to grab the officer’s collapsible baton and hit him with it.

A second officer then arrived and used a Taser on the suspect. The suspect wasn’t hurt, GRPD said, and was arrested.

The officer who was hit sustained was what GRPD described as “moderate” injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Neither the name of the officer nor the suspect were released Wednesday, but GRPD did say the officer has been with the department for 23 years and has earned multiple awards.

“This was a completely unprovoked and egregious assault on one of my officers,” GRPD Chief Eric Payne said in a statement. “The officer responded to a call for service from the community and was met with violence, and that is unacceptable.”

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