Springfield man accused of striking police officer


A Springfield man was arrested after allegedly punching a police officer at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Emmanuel C. Lewis, 32, of 383 E. Leffel Lane, is facing multiple charges, including assault, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Springfield police officers were sent to the Mad River Armory, 309 E. Leffel Lane, about a male who had demanded the owner give him all the guns there. After the owner refused, Lewis allegedly punched him in the stomach and ran to the hotel next door, The Quality Inn, 383 E. Leffel Lane.

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Officers followed Lewis to his room to talk about the incident, but he attempted to run past them. Lewis then swung his right arm and fist backwards, striking one of the officers in the cheek and then ran down the hallway.

Officers grabbed Lewis at the end of the hallway, but he continued to struggle and would not get on the ground. One of the officers used pepper spray and Lewis was then taken into custody.

Lewis was also charged with assault for allegedly striking the business owner at the armory. He was placed in the Clark County Jail.

The officer had mild swelling and redness on the right cheek.

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