Man pleads guilty to attacking Leavenworth police officer

February 27, 2020 GMT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to attacking a Leavenworth police officer who was sitting inside a patrol car.

Anthony Dunkle, 36, entered the plea Wednesday to battery of a law enforcement officer, making a criminal threat and interference with law enforcement. Two misdemeanor counts were dropped as part of the plea.

Dunkle approached the officer inside his car on April 16. The window of the driver’s door was down and Dunkle repeatedly punched the officer, who suffered cuts and scrapes, according to Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd.

Dunkle apparently was angry with the officer over an earlier incident during which he was arrested, The Leavenworth Times reported.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial next week.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 3.