CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Two Cincinnati police officers were assaulted and reportedly knocked unconscious Friday morning while responding to a report of domestic violence, according to FOP President Sgt. Dan Hils.
Around 7:30 a.m. the officers were reportedly dispatched to the 2400 block of Nottingham Road after a woman claimed she and her sister had been assaulted by a man with a gun inside an apartment.
At the apartment, CPD Capt. Paul Broxterman says, they made contact with Shaunice Dickerson, who initially called police to the address.
“He begins to talk to her, questions her about what’s going on,” Broxterman said, describing the actions of one of the police officers, “at which time she punches the officer in the face.”
The officer, Broxterman continues, went to arrest Dickerson, but she would not comply. Then a man, Derrick Owens Jr., 26, came out and reportedly began to interfere with Dickerson’s arrest.
At this point, the officers’ focus shifted to Owens, Broxterman claims, as Dickerson had made her way back inside the apartment.
Owens, police say, did not comply with his arrest either.
Police reportedly tried to taze him, but Owens grabbed the tazer and would not let go. The officers then pinned Owens against the wall waiting for backup, Broxterman says, at which point Dickerson came out again and would not stay back even as ordered to do so.
“The male officer attempts to get her (Dickerson) away,” Broxterman explained, “at which time the male subject (Owens) elbows the female officer several times in the face, knocks her head against the wall.”
It was six minutes before backup officers arrived.
Broxterman says 15 officers came to the scene in total.
Both Dickerson and Owens were eventually subdued and arrested.
Referring to the officers, Broxterman says they may or may not have lost consciousness, but were certainly ‘dazed.’
The first two officers were transported by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and have been released.
A female officer suffered a broken nose and a male officer had a head injury, but they both have been released from the hospital.
Owens is charged with felonious assault on a police officer, robbery, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
These are not his first charges. Broxterman says Owens has been arrested seven times for domestic violence, though he has not yet been convicted.
Dickerson was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
They are both being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.