Two Melbourne Police Officers Injured During Drug Arrest of Jerome Harris
By Space Coast Daily // April 9, 2016
officers tased suspect and took him into custody
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Two Melbourne Police officers received injuries which included broken bones following the arrest of a suspected drug dealer Thursday morning at 2421 Stone Street in Melbourne.
According to the Melbourne police, at approximately 1 a.m. Officer Hibbs and Clayton observed Jerome Harris huddled with another male under the breezeway of this apartment complex. The officers approached the breezeway and found Harris alone at this point. Mr. Harris was stopped due to him being a suspect in a drug investigation.
As a result of that investigation Harris allegedly was found to be in possession of a gram of crack cocaine, 12 grams of cannabis, and a digital scale.
According to the Melbourne police, the officers attempted to take Harris into custody and a violent fight took place. The fight ultimately led to the utilization of Taser to assist with taking Harris into custody. At the conclusion of the fight, both officers and Harris sustained injuries.
Harris and the officers were treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center. Harris was brought to the Brevard County Jail following his treatment. Both officers are recovering after this incident.
“This is a great example of the work the officers of the Melbourne Police Department do on a daily basis in our efforts to reduce drug activity citywide,” said Chief Steve Mimbs.
“A simple drug arrest can turn violent very quickly.”
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ABOVE MAP: Two Melbourne Police officers received injuries which included broken bones following the arrest of a suspected drug dealer Thursday morning at 2421 Stone Street in Melbourne.