‘Person of interest’ identified in officer assault

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016

By Melanie Ruberti



WEST POINT — West Point police officials said no arrests have been made in the attack on one of their officers.

Capt. Kevin Carter, commander of the West Point police patrol division, said investigators do have a “person of interest” they hope to interview about the assault.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, was hit in the side of the face and arm several times while responding to a call in the 1200 block of East 13th Street on Thursday, April 28.

Carter stated the officer was dispatched to a domestic dispute about 1 a.m. in the city’s housing authority.

The officer was seated in his car when an assailant approached from behind the driver’s side of the vehicle. The suspect then hit the officer in the side of the face and arm with a clay brick, Carter said.

The attacker then fled the scene.

According to West Point Police protocol, whenever a domestic disturbance call is dispatched, more than one officer will respond to the scene, Carter explained.

He said other West Point police officers were already in the area, and arrived just seconds after the attack.

The other officers helped their comrade until EMTs arrived and transported him by ambulance to EAMC-Lanier hospital in Valley, Alabama.

The officer was treated for cuts and bruises and released from the hospital.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.