Lincoln Police officer sustains minor injuries while arresting suspect

(Lincoln, NE) -- A Lincoln Police officer suffered minor injuries after a suspect assaulted her.

The Lincoln Police Department says around 7:00 Sunday night, officers were called to the U-Stop at 27th and E for a disturbance. Police say an employee reported that a man, who had been banned from their store, was arguing with him after eating a hot dog and snack cake without paying.

Investigators say an officer arrived and contacted the man, 38 year old Jason Nelson, who was still in the store. Police say Nelson began yelling at the officer, threw his food down, and refused to do what the officer asked.

LPD says the officer explained that he was under arrest and attempted to take him into custody. Investigators say that's when Nelson turned aggressive and assaulted the officer by punching, spitting, and grabbing her. Police say the officer was able to deploy a Taser, however, continued to struggle with Nelson until other officers arrived and, together, they were able to take him into custody.

Police say Nelson was transported to the hospital, per department policy, due to the Taser deployment. Investigators say inside Nelson’s coat pocket, officers located a glass pipe with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Nelson was arrested for Assault on a Police Officer, Resist Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Assault with Bodily Fluid on a Police Officer, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1st Degree Criminal Trespassing as well as an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The officer sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

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