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Monett police officers injured in altercation

Monday, November 9, 2009

Two Monett police officers required medical attention after subduing an irate subject following an incident at Walmart on Friday.

According to Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder, officers received a report of an altercation between two customers going on near the checkout line at Walmart at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Timothy Q. Caine, 54, of Monett, was arguing with another customer who had placed a shopping cart between them.

Officer Jeff Martinson arrived on the scene and asked Caine to cease the argument. Caine approached the officer in an aggressive manner and struck Martinson with his left fist.

As the struggle continued, Sergeant Dennis Camp and Chief Schweder arrived on the scene to assist. An injury to Martinson's shoulder and Schweder's back during the incident kept them from subduing Caine. Schweder said officers have had previous contact with Caine, who has a history of psychiatric problems. Caine had been subdued with a taser before but no one had a taser on this occasion, the chief said.

Firefighters were called to the scene to help Caine into the squad car. He was then transported to the municipal jail.

Martinson and Schweder went to Cox Monett Hospital for assessment of their injuries. Neither were severe, the chief said.

Caine was taken to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin for a 96-hour hold, where he remained at presstime today.

Schweder said misdemeanor charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer would be requested from City Prosecutor Amy Boxx. Caine has no previous arrest record.

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