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Officer hurt while making arrest

A scuffle with a Fort Wayne police officer, which ended in a serious shoulder injury for the officer, resulted in charges for the assailant.

The struggle began at 5 p.m. Wednesday after the officer spotted 53-year-old Billy F. Swann enter the Sunoco gas station at 600 E. Lewis St., a property from which Swann is banned as a result of a prior criminal case, according to the probable cause affidavit.

As Swann, of the 1200 block of Home Avenue, left the store, the officer approached him and told Swann to stop but to no avail. Swann even told the officer, “You’ll get yours,” the report said.

The officer tried to grab Swann’s arm, but Swann pulled away, so the officer put Swann in a bear hug as he awaited backup.

During that time, Swann maneuvered in a way that forced up the officer’s arms, and after Swann was arrested, the officer realized he could not lift his left arm above the shoulder, the report said.

The officer went to a hospital to be checked for a possible torn rotator cuff.

Swann was arrested on preliminary felony charges of resisting law enforcement resulting in bodily injury, battery against a public safety officer and criminal trespass, and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

cmeyers@jg.net

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