Female Police Officer Assaulted, Thrown Down Embankment in Pennsylvania: Reports


Police in Eastern Pennsylvania are searching for a man who allegedly attacked a female police officer on Wednesday, throwing her down a steep embankment.

West Penn Township police officer Melissa Ruch was reportedly assaulted after stopping to investigate a disabled vehicle on Route 309 at about 6 p.m., the Times News reports.

According to Police Chief Brian Johnson, as Officer Ruch approached the car a black male picked her up and threw her over the guard rail and down the embankment. Her officer down alert went off as she fell more than 35 feet and police rushed to the scene, but the man had left by the time they arrived.

WFMZ reports that she was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital and her injuries are not considered life-threatening. The officer told police that she managed to use a stun gun on the man, who has not yet been apprehended.

Police describe the suspect as a dark-complexioned Hispanic male, 6’2″ to 6’4″ tall, 240 to 260 lbs., with a tattoo under his eye, possibly of a teardrop or a star, who was last seen wearing jean shorts to below his knees, a dark-colored shirt and driving a Nissan Maxima.


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