Raleigh officer treated after scuffle with man during investigation

From staff reportsSeptember 12, 2012 

— A police officer was taken to WakeMed Hospital for treatment late Tuesday after being hurt in a scuffle with a man whom he and another officer were trying to question at an apartment where police had been told there was a stabbing.

Officer T.A. Brown was treated for a cut on his forehead and later released, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Lawrence Philpot, 37, of 1300-304 Park Glen Drive was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury and was held at the Wake County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Brown and a second officer were dispatched to Philpot’s apartment at 10:41 p.m. after 911 operators had received a report that there had been a stabbing and had been told Philpot had a knife, Sughrue said.

They encountered Philpot in the hallway outside his apartment, and a scuffle began when he wouldn’t follow their orders when they were trying to determine what had happened, according to a police report. Philpot and both officers wound up on the floor, and Brown was cut in the scuffle, possibly when he hit his head on a doorframe, Sughrue said.

In the end, police determined there had been no stabbing, but Philpot was charged with a felony because of Brown’s injury.

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