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  Two Officers Engage Man Who Said He Was High On LSD  
  July 27, 2017 Edition  
     July 23: Disorderly conduct, obstruction, resisting arrest and assaulting police officers, 3925 Sylvia Lane. Shortly after 3:00 a.m., police were sent to the home to investigate a claim that someone was pounding on a window. Ptl. Evan Beil and Ptl. Michael Manis located a 20-year-old man identified as Mike West near the intersection of Hopkins Rd. and Midlothian Blvd. Officer Beil said when he approached the man, he was “screaming about Jesus” and then began to approach his cruiser screaming “Shoot me...shoot me,” while clenching his fists. Officer Beil said he drew his taser and ordered the suspect to desist “when he immediately turned around with his back facing me and concealed his hands near his waistband.” The policeman said he then drew his gun and the suspect began to flee. A short foot pursuit ended when the suspect turned around and began to approach Officer Beil, ignoring verbal commands to stop. The policeman then tasered the man, “causing him to collapse.” However, the suspect grabbed the taser wire from his chest and again began to flee on foot with Officer Beil in pursuit. All of a sudden, Officer Beil said that West stopped, began to scream profanities, then raised both his fists and assumed a boxing position and “began to sprint towards me.” A fist-fight ensued, an intense fight, and eventually Officer Beil and Officer Manis were able to secure West in handcuffs. The man was then placed in hobble restraints, and a spit shield was placed over his face. Officer Beil reported that West “continued his belligerent behavior and began to scream how he had taken drugs.” Another policeman on the scene, Ptl. Daryn Tallman, said West was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Officer Beil and Officer Manis went to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman for treatment of injuries they received in the struggle with West. “During the struggle with West, we could hear him yell out that people were trying to kill him, and that he was already dead. He also said he did some LSD with someone on Risher Rd.,” Officer Tallman said. Note: Officer Manis was treated for a knee injury. Officer Beil reported pain in his neck and abrasions to his elbows, knees and knuckles. He noted, “After inspecting my equipment, I discovered blood on my uniform shirt and pants, and covering my portable radio. Additionally, my uniform shirts and pants were torn, the toes of my boots had deep scrapes. The radio was placed into a bio-hazard bag and logged as evidence, and the shirt and pants were later disposed of.” On July 25, West, unemployed, of 78 Roche Way, was arrested upon his release from the hospital and charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of obstruction and one count of resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Mahoning County Jail on a bond of $11,750.
     
 
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