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North Carolina police officer assaulted trying to arrest man

October 20, 2020 GMT

ROWLAND, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer suffered a broken nose and facial lacerations after he tried to arrest a man in response to a domestic call, authorities said.

Rowland officer Michael Sale responded to a domestic call around midnight Friday, news outlets reported.

Rowland Police Chief Hubert Graham said when Sale arrived at the home, there was a confrontation between him and a man that started inside the house before it moved outside. The man fought back, hitting Sale in the face. Graham said Sale was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.

According to the chief, the fight lasted 10 minutes before another officer arrived and used pepper spray on the man and then arrested him.


Police charged Jamel Alphonso Rogers, 26, with assault on a government official and resisting a public official, Graham said. He is being held in the Robeson County jai under a $500,000 bond, and the public defender’s office couldn’t confirm on Tuesday whether or not Rogers had an attorney.