(BEDFORD) - Dustin Chumley, 28, of Orleans, was jailed Wednesday afternoon following an incident that resulted in injuries to two Bedford police officers.
Police were investigating a report of burglary at Rainbow Hills Apartments and were called to a Rainbow Hills apartment, 2212 M St., at 3:48 p.m.
Parsley said a woman placed the call and said she believed her grandson, Chumley, had broken into her apartment. She was at the residence of an acquaintance at the time.
Blackwell and Allen responded to the call and found Chumley in the apartment. Parsley said police also found evidence of a front window having been broken.
Chumley told police he had permission to be in the apartment. Parsley said police dispatchers were swamped with storm-related calls at the time.
Consequently, Allen returned to his patrol car to use his own phone to call the grandmother to confirm that she had not given Chumley permission to be in the apartment. Blackwell, meanwhile, remained with Chumley and the two were outside the apartment building.
"We knew Chumley and had dealt with him in the past, when he had been physical with other people," Parsley said. He said Blackwell, "because of officer safety and because we didn't know if we had a burglary in process or what, attempted to handcuff Chumley." He added, "Chumley resisted and drove the officer backward."
Blackwell lost his balance and fell with Chumley going down on top of his shoulder and right arm. Allen went to pull Chumley off of Blackwell and was injured in the process.
"At that point, other officers were called for backup," Parsley said. "Chumley was restrained until the other officers got there, at which point he was successfully handcuffed and placed in a police car and taken to jail."
Chumley was booked into the Lawrence County Security Center at 4:10 p.m. and was charged with Battery on a police officer causing serious bodily injury, battery on a police officer causing injury, resisting arrest by force, residential entry, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.
Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley identified the injured officers as Derek Blackwell and Edward Allen. Parsley said Blackwell suffered a separated and broken right shoulder. He was transported from the scene to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital by an IU Health ambulance. "He is going to require further treatment today at Bloomington," Parsley said. He said Allen suffered a bloody nose while trying to restrain Chumley and was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.
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