An Elizabethtown man is accused of seriously injuring two police officers by kicking them in the abdomen as they were trying to take him into custody, as well as threatening to kill the officers and their families.
Jeffrey Lee Hilsher, 26, of South Market Street near High Street, is facing a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault, first-degree misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and terroristic threats, a third-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and a summary charge of public drunkenness. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, July 28, before Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan.
Elizabethtown Police Officer Gregory S. Riehl described what led up to the charges in a sworn statement filed in court. Riehl wrote in his sworn statement that county dispatch advised him of a report of a man yelling and screaming at nothing in an alley at about 12:52 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19. Riehl wrote that Officer Blake Innocent made contact with the man, later identified as Hilsher, in the first block of South Cherry Alley. Riehl wrote that Hilsher began to run despite being ordered to stop and ran across South Market Street without looking for oncoming vehicles.
Riehl wrote that he and Innocent took Hilsher to the ground, but Hilsher refused to put his hands behind his back and they had to use force to get his hands behind his back so they could apply handcuffs.
Riehl wrote that Hilsher continued to resist and it took four officers to get him in the back of a police car. He wrote that Hilsher kicked him and Northwest Regional Officer Seth Arnold in the stomach area and tried to kick other parts of their bodies.
Riehl wrote that Hilsher threatened to kill the various officers present and their families, and that his behavior was so irate that an ambulance worker administered a sedative to him to keep him from injuring himself or others while being taken to a hospital for treatment.