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Bartholomew County Sheriff attacked in his own office, suffers knee injury

Suspect faces numerous charges
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Posted at 2:34 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 14:34:34-04

COLUMBUS — A Columbus man walked into the office of the Bartholomew County Sheriff Monday morning and attacked him.

According to information from the sheriff's office, the 32-year-old man entered the lobby of the county jail and told employees at the front desk he was there to commit serious bodily harm to Sheriff Matt Myers.

Before he could be stopped, the suspect went to the second floor, found Myers and started to fight him.

The sheriff was able to subdue the man and placed him in handcuffs, but not before Myers injured his knee. The suspect was then taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation, released and sent back to the jail.

He is no stranger to the county jail and Columbus law enforcement. A check of Bartholomew County court records show the suspect has been arrested many times over the past 17-years. Charges include resisting arrest, driving with a suspended license, disorderly conduct, and various drug-related charges.

A public information officer for the sheriff's office says it wasn't clear what the man's motive was in attacking the sheriff.

The suspect will face charges of intimidation on a police officer, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, and disorderly conduct.