An off-duty medical officer was commended by the Portage Police Department after she managed to subdue a suspect who attacked a police officer. The suspect and his accomplice have been arrested and charged with resisting arrest and battery to a law enforcement officer.
Medical Officer Helped Unconscious Law Enforcement Agent
On Sunday, Vanessa Guerra, a Divine Savior Hospital medical officer was returning home from her shift when she spotted a scuffle between two police officers and two suspects.
According to the police report, the law enforcement agents, identified as Sergeant Eric Walters and Officer Brian Lowenhagen were serving an arrest warrant when they’ve got jumped by two individuals.
Police Chief Ken Manthey of the Portage Police Department declared that the suspects, Jacob R. Hellenbrand and Olivia J. Boomsma, both 21 and from Waunakee, were wanted for violating their paroles.
Based on the police report, Boomsma and Hellenbrand were caught near a convenience store. While Walters attempted to restrain the female suspect, somehow Hellenbrand got loose and kicked the police sergeant in the head and right side of the face.
Lowenhagen declared that the impact was so powerful that his partner fell unconscious on the ground. After Hellenbrand knocked out Walters, Boomsma attacked the second police officer. During the scuffle, the woman yelled at Lowenhagen that she has a knife concealed in her pockets and that she’s not afraid to use.
Meanwhile, Guerra, who was returning home from her shift, observed Lowenhagen struggling with Boomsma. That’s when she charged towards the suspect and body-slammed her into a wall, allowing Lowenhagen to tackle the suspect and Walters to regain consciousness.
In a matter of seconds, both suspects were subdued. Guerra treated both Walters and his partners for non-life-threatening injuries.
While commenting on the Sunday episode, chief Ken Manthey commended Guerra for her bravery.
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