BRISTOL - Police have identified a city man who tried to steal a police cruiser on Wednesday and ran from officers, whose apprehension resulted in an officer breaking his hand.
Shawn Milner, 27, of 158 Union St., is expected to remain in the custody of the state’s Department of Corrections over the weekend, as his parole officer has asked that he be remanded into custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court.
According to judicial records, Milner is on parole after being convicted in September on charges of attempted first-degree escape, criminal impersonation and first-degree failure to appear.
According to police, two officers were injured apprehending Milner on Wednesday when he grabbed an officer’s handcuffs and tried getting away in two different vehicles, before running into the rear of a police cruiser that arrived for backup. One of the officers is expected to be out for a significant amount of time, as he broke his hand.
According to police, officers pulled a vehicle over in the afternoon on Wednesday and the passenger, who was later identified as Milner, gave a fake name before he got into the driver seat and sped away. He was not pursued.
Police later went to Union Street after receiving information that led them to believe the suspect lived there. An officer saw Milner as a passenger in a vehicle pulling out of a home. The vehicle was pulled over and Milner got out of the car, police said.
As an officer put handcuffs on the Milner’s wrists, he pulled them away and ran to the driver side of his vehicle and got in. The officer unsuccessfully tried to taser him and stopped him from closing the door and driving away. He then got out of the vehicle and ran to a police cruiser. Unable to get the cruiser door open, Milner ran away from the cop and into the rear of a moving police SUV that showed up as backup.
After a brief struggle, multiple officers were able to take Milner into custody. During the struggle, one officer broke his hand and another cut his hand. Both were treated at an area hospital.
Milner faces two counts of assault on a police officer and interfering with police and one count each of attempted first-degree larceny, escape from custody, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, no insurance and misuse of plates.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.