Officer injured attempting to arrest local man

A Columbus police officer was injured after getting into an altercation with a local man who resisted when being arrested on multiple warrants.

The officer, who was not identified, saw Jacob D. Rice, 34, Columbus, near 25th Street and Hawcreek Avenue at 7:15 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When the officer attempted to arrest Rice on the warrants, he pulled away from the officer and began running, Harris said. The officer used his taser which struck Rice, but Rice was able to get up and a struggle ensued, Harris said.

At one point, Rice pulled the officer’s police radio off his uniform shirt and punched him several times in the face, Harris said.

Another officer arrived and a taser was used again to subdue Rice. He was then taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical clearance, Harris said.

Rice was then taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on two local warrants and preliminary charges of battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement, Harris said.

The injured officer was treated for a laceration below his left eye and was released from the hospital, Harris said.

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