Two Ponca City officers injured in altercation with man

Ponca City Now - January 20, 2015 11:50 am

Two Ponca City Police officers were injured about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in an altercation with 29-year-old Lyle G. Gillen.

Gillen was spotted by officers as he was walking in the area of Grand Avenue and Osage Street. He was carrying a back pack.

When the officers approached to speak to Gillen, they discovered he had two outstanding warrants, spokeswoman Sherry Bowers said. One was a city warrant for failing to pay fines on a previous public intoxication charge. The other was a Kay County warrant for failure to pay on a previous second degree burglary charge.

When officers attempted to take Gillen into custody, he resisted. Bowers said that after a short foot pursuit, Gillen was taken into custody.

One officer was taken to Ponca City Medical Center about an hour after the altercation, was treated and released, Bowers said. He suffered scrapes along with what appears to be a small puncture wound.

The other officer was seen by a doctor this morning and suffered an injury to his shoulder.

Additional charges against Gillen are possible. The investigation is continuing, Bowers said.


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