By Lasca Randels
PIERCETON— A Pierceton man who allegedly refused to cooperate with police is now facing charges.
Aaron Alan Shepherd, 26, Pierceton, is charged with battery with bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, a level 5 felony; resisting law enforcement causing bodily injury, a level 6 felony; and resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Feb. 8, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an unidentified and unwanted person in the Train Depot in Kosciusko County. Two other officers assisted.
When police found Shepherd, he allegedly stated that Hitler was behind it all and said he was not going to go back to the freezer or the gas chamber.
An officer asked Shepherd to walk with him and get the issue sorted out. Shepherd told the officer he was not going to move and sat down on the sidewalk.
Two officers picked Shepherd up and asked him if he wanted to go to the Bowen Center or Parkview Hospital to get some help. Police then told Shepherd he was going to be handcuffed and taken to Parkview Hospital for an evaluation.
While the officers were handcuffing and escorting Shepherd, he physically resisted and kicked one of the officers in the chest.
As the officers were trying to place Shepherd in the back seat of the police vehicle, he spit on one of the officers. While resisting, Shepherd’s leg caused the car door to hit the right side of the officer’s head.
The KCSO officer experienced numbness in his arms, tingling in his hands and his vision became blurry. The officer was assisted to the hospital and examined. He was diagnosed with a possible concussion.
Shepherd was booked at the Kosciusko County Jail on May 12, on a $10,500 bond.