Two City Officers Injured While Making Arrest

By: Tyler Murphy

Two city officers injured while making arrest

NORWICH – Two City of Norwich Police Officers were injured Friday afternoon as they attempted to capture a fleeing suspect wanted on a warrant.

Police said Sgt. Scott Meade received cuts and bruises to his right wrist and forearm after he collided with a parking sign during the altercation. He was taken to Chenango Memorial Hospital following the arrest for X-rays and treatment.

Officer Thomas Miller suffered eye exposure to his own pepper spray after he used it on the fleeing man. He was treated at the scene by Norwich Fire EMS crews. After receiving treatment, both officers returned to active duty later that day.

At around 2:50 p.m. Friday, Miller was following up leads to locate 30-year-old Zachariah J. Zwickel of 79 Sheldon St. in the City of Norwich, and traveled 50 Fair St. after receiving tips on the wanted man’s whereabouts, said police at the scene.

“While serving a warrant for an individual at 50 Fair Street in the City of Norwich, officers encountered the defendant in the residence and he immediately fled by jumping out of a window. A short foot pursuit in the street followed with the defendant resisting the arrest. Sgt. Mead received injures to his forearm and Officer Miller was contaminated by pepper spray employed by officers during the course of the arrest,” said Norwich Police Chief Joseph Angelino.

The Chenango County Court had issued an arrest warrant for Zwickel over an alleged violation of his probation.

The Chenango County Court Clerk’s Office reported that Judge W. Howard Sullivan issued a warrant for Zwickel May 22 after he failed to appear for court. He was on probation for a conviction of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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