Around 10:30 p.m., Friday, Sgt. Dave Archer and Chris Blila responded to a domestic dispute at 427 E. Tennessee St.
An argument occured between the homeowner, Larry Douglas Winn, and his son, Brandon Douglas Winn. The situation got out of control after the arrival of law enforcement and a fight broke out between the suspects and police.
Brandon refused to cooperate when asked by police. A fight broke out when Brandon threatened his girlfriend. At that point, officers attempted to arrest him.
Larry then attacked Officer Blila, police said.
The two officers drew their weapons during the situation, but did not shoot. They had to protect their firearms during the fight because Larry was trying to grab the weapons while the officers called for backup. Pepper spray was used, but it didn't immediately take effect because the two men had been drinking and were in an agitated state, police said.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Brazil City Police and other off-duty officers in the area quickly responded to the call for assistance at the scene.
The suspects were taken into custody without injury, but Archer and Blila required medical assistance.
The two officers were taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and were treated and released for injuries to their arms and hands early Saturday morning.
Police Chief Mark Loudermilk told The Brazil Times on Sunday that his officers will be off duty because of the injuries, and will remain so until released from doctors. Patrolman Blila is expected to return within a couple of weeks, while Archer, who sustained possible ligiment damage to his hand while trying to protect his weapon, will see a specialist later this week.
"These officers did exactly what they were supposed to do in this type of situation," Loudermilk said. "They used the appropriate amount of force."
Loudermilk has requested the Clay County Prosecutor's Office to seek the maximum penalty against the suspects.
"This is completely unacceptable. We absolutely will not tolerate this type of behavior from people," he said.
Indiana law states that a suspect must be released if charges are not filed in court within 48 hours of their arrest.
Because Monday is Martin Luther King Day, Prosecutor Lee Reberger presented the Probable Cause Affidavit to Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers on Sunday afternoon. The judge's signature was necessary to keep the two suspects in jail until an arraignment date can be scheduled after the holiday.
Larry Douglas Winn, 43, was arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail for preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, battery with serious injury and aggravated battery. Brandon Douglas Winn, 20, was arrested and taken to the Clay County Jail for preliminary charges of minor consumption, resisting law enforcement, battery with serious injury and aggravated battery.
The two men will remain in jail on a $25,000 cash bond until their arraignment.
Sgt. Dave Archer started with the Brazil Police Department as a reserve officer in 1993. Soon after he took a part time position as a radio operator. In January of 1995, he was appointed as a full time patrolman and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy later that same year.
Archer was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1999.
He was appointed a training officer and has completed many hours training in several different fields.
Patrolman Chris Blila started his career with the Brazil City Police Department as a reserve officer in 1998 and became a full time officer in 1999.
Blila graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2000 and is currently serving as a patrolman with the department.