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2 jailed, officer hurt in fight

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More than a dozen people were involved in an overnight outdoor confrontation in a residential neighborhood that resulted in an injured police officer and two arrests.

Two people were taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the 2 a.m. incident in the 800 block of Werner Avenue, east of Ninth Street Park. They were:

  • Charita M. Wilson, 38, 609 10th St., arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor.
  • A 17-year-old boy, arrested on charges of battery on a police officer, a Class D felony; disorderly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Wilson began quarreling with a group of people being questioned by Lt. Jeff Williams and making threats, he said. While Williams warned the woman several times that she was interfering with his investigation, Wilson continued her oral assault, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.


As Wilson was being taken into custody, the 17-year-old male began yelling at Williams and approached him in a threatening manner, Myers said. Backup officers who were just arriving attempted to slow down the teen’s approach, but he began to fight a number of officers, including Patrolman Jim Paris.

Paris sustained non-life-threatening head and leg injuries, Myers said.

The patrolman hurt his knee during the scuffle. He was further injured a few minutes later when he slipped on ice, fell and struck his head on a vehicle. Although Paris was released from Columbus Regional Hospital, Myers said he will be required to undergo a physical evaluation before being allowed to return to duty.

Myers added the teen also was taken to the emergency room after claiming to have been injured in a previous fight. After treatment, he was placed in custody at the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center.

Investigators could not determine what prompted so many people to get into the public confrontation. Myers said more arrests may be made as the investigation continues.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, will be filed.

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