Officer injured in incident

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

The officer, who was not identified, saw Jacob D. Rice, 34, of 2937 Scotland Drive, 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 a stun gun on Rice, but the suspect 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 stun gun again was used to subdue Rice.

After being checked at Columbus Regional Hospital, Rice was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on two local warrants for resisting law enforcement 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.

Rice is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.