LPD: Officers sustain multiple injuries during violent arrest

Officers say they attempted deploying a taser on the man they were trying to arrest, but he was unfazed

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- On April 30, around 12:30 a.m., LPD was sent to Saline drive on a call about a man assaulting a woman.

Once they arrived, officers say they talked to a witness who reported seeing the man assaulting the woman while she attempted to get into her vehicle and then drag her back into the home.

Officers say they saw the man, Edward Wilkins, standing outside the residence, and when they approached, he attempted to flee into the house.

LPD reported following Wilkins, and as the man tried to slam the door shut, an officer had his arm in the door frame and the man slammed the door on his arm, causing “extreme pain” to the officer’s arm.

As the officers entered the home, they reported that Wilkins grabbed a coat rack and threw it at them. Then, they say he grabbed a barstool and held it over his head as if he were about to strike the police officers with it.

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When the police tried to take Wilkins into custody, they say he resisted them and latched onto a coffee table. The officers say the struggle was so violent, they were thrashed around and thrown into the walls of the house.

Once the officers say they realized they would not be able to take the suspect in safely, one of the officers utilized a taser, but it was not effective.

The officers reported that the struggle continued on the ground, when Wilkins stomped on one of their hands, causing “significant pain”.

Once another officer was on the scene, LPD reported being able to take Wilkins into custody. But the struggle did not end there.

Officers say he continued to be aggressive, headbutting one of them and grabbing at another officer’s firearm.

Despite all this chaos, LPD says they still attempted to communicate with him, telling him he was under arrest, explaining why, and continually asking him to stop resisting.

In the end, police arrested Edward Wilkins for two counts of 2nd Degree Assault on an Officer, one count of 3rd Degree Assault on an Officer, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Police Officer, and felony Domestic Assault due to prior convictions.

Because of the taser deployment, officers reported taking Wilkins for an evaluation at the hospital and then to jail.

LPD says the officers sustained abrasions, bruises, and cuts all over their bodies after this incident.

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