Officer attacked by man wearing brass knuckles

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HUNTINGBURG — An officer with the Huntingburg Police Department was attacked by a man wearing brass knuckles as the officer attempted to take the man into custody Monday morning.


According to police, officer Tim Roos with the Huntingburg Police Department conducted a traffic stop Monday morning near the intersection of 19th Street and Medical Arts Drive. During the stop, police say Roos recognized Austin Zehr, 22, who was in the passenger seat in the vehicle and has active warrants out of Dubois County.

Police say Roos ordered Zehr out of the vehicle and attempted to detain him. Zehr exited the vehicle, according to police, and allegedly attacked Roos, striking him multiple times with brass knuckles.

As Zehr continued to resist, Roos was able to take Zehr to the ground and gain control of him until additional officers arrived.

Roos sustained multiple minor injuries during the incident and was transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance where he was evaluated and released. 

During the incident, Dubois County Dispatch received 911 calls reporting an officer getting attacked which allowed additional officers to be dispatched for assistance.

In a press release about the incident, the Huntingburg Police Department publicly thank those citizens who called.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial EMS assisted with the incident.

Zehr was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on the following preliminary charges:

• One Level 3 felony count of aggravated battery

• Two Level 5 felony counts of battery on a public safety official

• One Level 5 charge of intimidation with a deadly weapon

• Two Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement

• One Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine

• One Level 6 felony count of possession of a syringe

• One Class A misdemeanor count of theft

Officers say Zehr's warrants include a Class A misdemeanor charge for theft and a Level 6 felony charge for failure to return to lawful detention.

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