Miami Twp. officer injured in ‘scuffle’ with man being taken into custody

An Miami Twp. officer was transported to an area hospital after he was injured in a fight with man police were attempting to take into custody.

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Officers were first dispatched to an apartment in the 5000 block of Willomere Drive around midnight after a man was reportedly breaking windows at the apartment, Miami Twp. police Capt. Charlie Stiegelmeyer said.

One of the officers responding saw a vehicle that matched the car the suspect drove away in, Stiegelmayer said.

The driver, later identified as Dwight Napier, 65, stopped on Ohio 725 near the Panera Bread. Napier, the suspect in the incident on Willomere Avenue, allegedly fought with officers while they attempted to take him into custody.

“While trying to get the suspect handcuffed, a scuffle ensued in which three or four officers had to help take the suspect to the ground,” Stiegelmeyer said. “While doing so one of our officers, Officer Justin Knight, received an injury to one of his hands.”

Knight was transported to Southview Medical Center for treatment but the injury is believed to be minor, Stiegelmeyer said.

Napier was arrested on preliminary charges of assaulting a police officer, OVI, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, criminal damaging and violating a protection order, according to Stiegelmeyer. Napier remains booked in the Montgomery County Jail.

Additional details were not available.

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