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Merrill Man Arrested In Connection With Assault On EMT, Sheriff’s Deputy

law lightbar blueMerrill, Iowa — A Merrill man has been arrested and taken to jail after he assaulted both an EMT and a Sheriff’s Deputy.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday evening in the 4 PM hour, they arrested 43-year-old John Andrew Emmons of Merrill, after an altercation.

The Merrill and Le Mars ambulances had been dispatched to a home west of Merrill for the report of an intoxicated man. Due to the nature of the call a Merrill Police Officer and Plymouth County Deputies also responded to the scene.

When the Merrill Police and an EMT arrived on the scene, the report says Emmons became agitated and assaulted the EMT by punching him in the face causing minor injury. Emmons was at that time taken into custody.

When deputies arrived and began to investigate and determine if Emmons needed any medical care he had calmed down and become responsive. But at one point one handcuff was removed to assist in the investigation. Once this happened Emmons allegedly assaulted a Plymouth County Deputy by striking him in the face causing minor injuries.

Emmons was transported to the Plymouth County Jail and charged with Assault on an EMT, an Aggravated misdemeanor; and Assault of a Peace Officer, also an aggravated misdemeanor.

Emmons is still being held at the Plymouth County Jail.

Neither victim required treatment away from the scene.

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