[This story has been updated: http://goo.gl/WV6lx]
By Roger Bianchini
Warren County Report
A Front Royal police officer is hospitalized with what are described as non-life threatening but serious injuries after being assaulted while responding to a call at 1420 North Shenandoah Avenue around 7 p.m., Saturday, July 28.
According to FRPD Captain Mark Werner, Sgt. Bryan Courtney was investigating reports of a male subject walking in the area of 14th Street and North Shenandoah Avenue exposing himself in the vicinity of nearby motels. Courtney apparently confronted a suspect in the vicinity of the parking lot of the ear, nose and throat clinic of Dr. Timberlake’s practice at 1420 N. Shenandoah Ave. when he was attacked by what was described as a white male in his mid 30s.
A second FRPD officer, Jason Lethcoe, responded to the scene as the attack was underway and was able to pull the assailant off his fellow officer. The suspect was apprehended at the scene and is being held at Warren County Jail. According to Werner, officers received some assistance at the scene from citizens passing by.
Additional details on the circumstance of the assault and the identity of the suspect is expected from FRPD later Saturday night or early Sunday. This report will be updated as information becomes available.
FRPD Chief Richard Furr texted a response to our initial inquiries from Warren Memorial Hospital, where he was with his injured officer late Saturday evening.