Police Officers Injured Arresting Suspect
Tuesday, July 10th 2007, 2:38 pm
By: News On 6
Five Tulsa police officers are injured trying to arrest one man. Jeffrey Reagle is now behind bars in the Tulsa County Jail. He's facing a string of complaints, including three counts of assaulting a police officer. This is not Reagle's first brush with the law. The News On 6â€™s Ashli Sims reports, according to court documents, Jeffrey Reagle's been convicted of resisting arrest three different times in the last six years.
â€œJust wash my face, man," said Jeffrey Reagle after he was taken into custody.
Tulsa Police say it took a dose of pepper spray to take the fight out of Reagle, who ended up injuring five different officers.
Investigators say the whole ordeal started Tuesday afternoon after reports of shots fired in the 1400 block of East 1st Street. Authorities say Reagle kicked in his neighbor's front door and threatened the people inside. As one victim tried to escape, police say Reagle chased after him and fired six shots. The officers caught up with Reagle and that's when a string of altercations began.
"They tried to take him into custody, at that time he resisted arrest. He physically struck the officers with his fist, kicked one officer," said Tulsa Police Officer Jason Willingham.
Willingham says that officer pulled her weapon and Reagle took off.
"About two blocks down the road another officer caught up with him. A short altercation ensued, and the suspect was taken into custody," Willingham said.
Reagle struggled with officers trying to get him into the police van, and that struggle seemed to continue at the jail. Booking officers say Reagle was fighting with them when they tried to take his mug shot.
Court records show the 31-year-old has a history of resisting arrest. He was convicted of the offense in 2001, 2005, and most recently last March.
"When you're in a state of rage, obviously you know that you have strength that you normally might not,â€ said Willingham. â€œIt's a bad situation, and we're thankful that everybody is going to go home."
Police say several officers were taken to the hospital after the altercation, one might have a broken jaw and a concussion, but none of the injuries to the police officers were life-threatening.
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