Dothan police officers violently attacked by man they tried to help

Alabama
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A pair of Dothan police officers have been left with broken bones by a man that they tried to help, according to DPD Chief Steve Parrish.

Parrish said the department received a “man down” call Sunday evening near the AW Herndon gas station at North Park Avenue and Montgomery Highway. When officers and rescue personnel arrived and began to check on the man, he “woke up and went berserk” on the officers.

“We think one officer has a broken leg,” he said. “The other one has a broken hand.”

According to Parrish, the man wasn’t acting alone. A woman believed to be accompanying the man jumped on the officers while they, along with Dothan firefighters, tried to subdue the attacker.

Both were taken into custody while the officers were taken to be treated for their injuries.

“One was transported by ambulance, and the other … drove himself there,” Parrish said. “We have investigators called out, and we’re going to be investigating this for the next couple of hours.”

Parrish said it was disappointing to see such behavior toward law enforcement officers.

“It’s just a sad situation when people won’t do what they’re supposed to do and act the way they’re supposed to act,” he said. “And then we got two officers in the hospital because of it, and we’ve got two individuals that are going to jail, and we’re going to do our damnedest to put them there for a very long time.”

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