EPD: Man tried to strangle officer, resisted arrest

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Courtesy: Vanderburgh County Jail

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – An Evansville man is accused of fighting with law enforcement officers that responded to an apparent family dispute.

Joshua Fenwick faces charges of battery on law enforcement with injury, resisting law enforcement resulting in injury, strangulation, and disorderly conduct.

Police said when they arrived on the scene Fenwick was screaming and acting disorderly.

According to police, Fenwick pulled up his shirt, flexed, and postured in an aggressive manner.

A police officer said since he didn’t know the exact circumstances of what was going on, he gave Fenwick clear instructions multiple times to turn around and place his hands behind back.

Police said Fenwick told the officer he wasn’t going to do it.

Then, police said Fenwick reached into his waistband as if going for a weapon.

At this point, police said Fenwick physically resisted detectives and choked one of the detectives by twisting a metal badge chain around his neck.

Fenwick was eventually taken to the ground and placed into custody after several minutes of fighting with officers, according to a police affidavit.

Two of the officers reported pain following the incident, with one of the officer’s pants being torn during the arrest.

According to police records, on Thursday, July 9, authorities responded to a domestic battery case where Fenwick was listed as the alleged offender.

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(This story was originally published on January 14, 2020)

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