July 23, 2016

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Brunswick officer injures thumb while wrestling with juvenile

BRUNSWICK — An officer was injured Friday night while trying to wrestle an intoxicated juvenile to the ground, according to police.

Officer Scott Kowell sustained a badly sprained right thumb and will have to wear a cast for four to six weeks to immobilize his hand, police reported.



Charges have been filed against a 15-year-old male, a Brunswick resident, for assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and underage consumption. He already was on probation for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police reported.

The juvenile’s mother reported him missing when she went to pick him up from school on Friday and he was not there, according to a police report. She reportedly called her son’s girlfriend, who said he had not shown up to school.

The mother told officers he might be at a friend’s house on Coolidge Street, so Kowell went to the residence where he found the missing juvenile and three others in the house, according to the report.

In the report, Kowell said he observed the boy to be slurring his speech and having trouble maintaining his balance.

Kowell told the teenager it was time to go home, the report said, at which point the boy tried to flee the house.

Kowell grabbed the boy’s arm, but teen allegedly swung around and tried to punch him in the head, the report said. Kowell ducked, but the punch glanced off the side of the off his head.

As the altercation ensued, the boy allegedly continued to try to punch Kowell, and they both fell to the ground. According to the report, Kowell was only able to subdue the teen after using his Taser on him twice.

Lt. Brian Ohlin said officers recently went through updated training regarding the use of Tasers.

“Our review of the situation is that he did respond appropriately,” Ohlin said of Kowell.

Another 17-year-old juvenile at the Coolidge Street residence was charged with drug paraphernalia possession and underage consumption after alcohol and a marijuana pipe reportedly were found in his room, the report said.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.