Bristol man says he doesn't remember scuffle in which officer broke hand

Published on Monday, 16 April 2018 21:16


BRISTOL - A city man whose arrest last week resulted in a police officer breaking his hand told a judge on Monday that his behavior was the result of an “altered mental status,” and that he doesn’t remember any of it.

Shawn Milner, 27, of 158 Union St., said he had mixed unspecified drugs with his seizure medication before an incident Wednesday - caught on video by a passerby - in which he can be seen grabbing a set of handcuffs while they were attached to one of his wrists and running to two vehicles, including a police SUV, in an attempt to escape.

“I definitely wasn’t in control of my actions,” Milner said at his arraignment in Bristol Superior Court.

At the hearing, Ronald Dearstyne, the state prosecutor, said one of two officers injured in the incident was expected to undergo surgery Monday, needing several screws to be inserted into his hand.

Police have said they expect him to be off duty for a substantial period.

The other officer injured suffered a cut on a hand and was treated at an area hospital.

Milner’s bond was set at $150,000.

Even if he were to post bond, he would still be held on a remand-to-custody order issued in connection with his parole. He was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of special parole after being convicted in September of attempt to commit first-degree escape, criminal impersonation and first-degree failure to appear.

Last Wednesday, police said, Milner had been involved in a motor vehicle stop and, while police were still investigating, he got into his car and sped off. He was not pursued.

Police later found Milner as a passenger in a car being driven on Union Street, where the car was pulled over. During the incident, according to police, Milner, handcuffs hanging from a wrist, ran away from an officer and got into his car.

The officer unsuccessfully tried to use a Taser on him, but was able to stop Milner from closing the car door.

Police said Milner then ran toward a police SUV, tried opening the driver-side door and ran off again, running into the back of a moving police cruiser that had showed up as backup, police said.

Several officers then struggled to get control of Milner before he was taken into custody. That is when the two officers suffered their injuries, police said.

“He made every attempt there was to get away from the officers,” Dearstyne said.

The prosecutor also said he would like to resolve Milner’s case faster than normal, because of his history of trying to escape custody.

“This gentleman is an escape risk every time he comes back to court,” Dearstyne said.

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. He is due back in court on May 9.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 16 April 2018 21:16. Updated: Monday, 16 April 2018 21:19.