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Westport Officers Assaulted by Man Walking Around In Underwear Without Shoes

Two police officers were injured trying to subdue a suspect.
Two police officers were injured trying to subdue a suspect. Photo Credit: Google Maps/Street View

Two Westport police officers were injured during a struggle with a man who was seen walking around town in his underwear without shoes.

The officers were injured around 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 19, when they responded to multiple reports regarding a male in his underwear walking on Post Road East without shoes, said the Westport Police Department.

One of the callers reported the male had defecated on the sidewalk by Winslow Park, police said.

Officers located the man on Myrtle Avenue in the area of Church Lane. The first responding officer approached the suspect to check on his welfare and was immediately struck in the face and a struggle ensued, they added.

Additional officers arrived on the scene and attempted to subdue the man, who actively resisted being taken into custody.

One officer was bitten during the incident. The suspect was eventually taken into custody after a brief struggle and was transported to the hospital, police said.

The two injured officers were also transported to Norwalk Hospital for treatment.

The suspect remains in custody at this time and will be charged with three counts of assault of public safety personnel and breach of peace.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

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