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April 14, 2014

Assault on scary side for officer

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Paoli’s new police chief, on the job now for only a handful of weeks, might still be feeling the sting of an arrest that turned into an assault on the officer.

Garvin County authorities are now leading the case after Chief Mark Frizzell was assaulted while attempting to arrest a suspect at a Paoli residence on Thursday night.

It all came about when Frizzell was responding to the call of an “unwanted guest,” said Capt. Travis Crawford.

The man, whose name hasn’t yet been released, appeared to be intoxicated as Frizzell then attempted to handcuff the man and take him into custody.

That’s when chaos broke out as the suspect resisted and began fighting with the Paoli officer.

“A struggle ensued and lasted several minutes,” Crawford said on Friday.

“He was striking and kicking the officer during the struggle.”

During that time Frizzell called for help as officers from Pauls Valley and Maysville, along with county deputies, all responded and converged on the Paoli site within minutes.

Once those officers arrived the suspect was taken into custody.

Right away he created even more problems as the suspect kicked out a window in a county deputy’s patrol car.

“He was arrested but due to his behavior and actions he was taken to the hospital to be evaluated,” Crawford said.

“He was at that time deemed not fit to face the charges against him.”

The suspect was then taken to another facility where he can be mentally evaluated, the deputy said.

Frizell is believed to have suffered some scrapes and bruises but no serious injuries.

Crawford said the call on Frizzell and his harrowing situation — an officer down and in need of help — is one of the scariest for all of law enforcement.

“This is one of the most serious calls a police officer can hear on the radio.”

The arrest complaints against the man included assault and battery upon a police officer, public intoxication, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with what’s believed to be methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and malicious injury to property.

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