3 Janesville police officers injured during Friday night incident
JANESVILLE—Three Janesville police officers were injured during a Friday night incident the ended in the arrest of a Madison man.
James B. Warfield, 34, of Madison, was arrested on charges of battery to law enforcement officer, attempted battery to law enforcement officer, resisting an officer, harassment of a police or fire animal and vandalism, according to a Janesville Police Department news release.
Officers were called just before midnight to McDonald’s on Milton Avenue after receiving a report that a man had just thrown a boulder through a window of the open restaurant.
After officers arrived on scene and began interviewing employees and the suspect—Warfield--he punched Officer Craig Klementz in the face, which knocked him down.
When other officers tried to take Warfield into custody, he continued to fight and resist. After four shots from a Taser, pepper spray and strikes from a baton were unsuccessful, Hardy, from the canine unit, tried to apprehend Warfield, but he punched and kicked the dog so hard, it disabled him, according to the release.
Warfield continued to resist arrest and attacked Sgt. Todd Kleisner by hitting him in the face. One final Taser deployment finally incapacitated Warfield, who was taken into custody in the middle of Milton Avenue.
Klementz was treated and released from Mercy Hospital where he received 11 stitches to his lip. Two other officers received minor injuries during the incident.
Warfield was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of a pre-existing medical condition and will be taken to the Rock County Jail when he is released.