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Hagerstown police officer hurt in struggle

July 16, 2009

A Hagerstown Police Department officer suffered a possible broken wrist last Saturday after a Hagerstown man who was threatening suicide wrestled with the officer and tried to grab the officer's gun, according to Washington County District Court records.

About 3:17 p.m., Officer C. Mikash responded to Summer Street for a suicidal man, according to court records.

Mikash approached the man, who was sitting on a porch, and Mikash said the man stated he wanted to kill himself, according to court records.

Mikash said he told the man he had to handcuff him for his safety and Mikash's safety, according to court records.

The man stood up and grabbed Mikash by the shirt and pushed the officer against the wall of the house, according to court records.

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Mikash and the man struggled and the man started hitting Mikash in the head, according to court records.

The struggle continued on the ground, and Mikash said he tried to roll onto his gun in an attempt to maintain control of his weapon, according to court records.

Mikash said it felt like his holster was being pulled on, according to court records.

A passer-by helped Mikash place the man into handcuffs, according to court records.

The man, who was charged with disarming a law officer, was taken to Washington County Hospital for mental health reasons, according to court records.

Mikash was treated at the hospital and later released, according to court records.

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