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BYSTANDER VIDEO: Hutchinson Officer Assaulted During Traffic Stop - April 14, 2021

An officer attempting to make a traffic stop in Hutchinson, Minn., was dragged by the suspect driver and struck in the head with a hammer during the altercation, police said. The injured officer, who has not been identified, was hospitalized with injuries, but was in stable condition as of late Wednesday, April 14. The suspect, 61-year-old Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns, of Hutchinson, was arrested at the scene after the assault, Hutchinson police said. Oeltjenbruns was being held in the McLeod County Jail on one charge of 1st-degree assault, though more charges may be added. The incident began around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at Menards for a report of a man wielding a piece of lumber who assaulted an employee over a dispute about wearing a mask in the store, police said. Oeltjenbruns left the store and an officer spotted him in the Wal-Mart parking lot shortly after. The officer tried to stop him, but a slow speed pursuit started in the area of the Hutchinson Mall. Oeltjenbruns stopped in the area of Highway 15 and Freemont Ave. SW., where an officer approached his driver’s side window. The officer became trapped in the window and Oeltjenbruns sped off, the officer still clinging to the truck. During the struggle, police say Oeltjenbruns struck the officer in the head with a hammer. Video shared to social media showed portions of the incident. Officers with firearms drawn can be seen surrounding the white pickup, which accelerates with an officer hanging on. The woman who recorded the video can be heard exclaiming, “the cop is on there!” as the truck speeds away. In a media release issued Wednesday afternoon, Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson said Oeltjenbruns was arrested at the scene, but further details on how officers were able to make the arrest were not released. The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident. Hutchinson is about 60 miles west of Minneapolis. For more original reporting, visit our website: http://www.MNCRIME.com or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CRIMEMN
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