A Brainerd man was arrested Thursday after assaulting a Brainerd police officer with a screwdriver at the Brainerd Public Library, according to Brainerd police.
Brainerd Police Capt. Lyman Dahl said Thursday the officer, later identified by Brainerd City Administrator Dan Vogt as Brainerd police officer Tim Melin, was stabbed in the face with the screwdriver during an altercation.
Dahl would not release the wounded officer's name because he said the incident was the officer's private matter, and giving out his name would be an "insult to him."
The suspect, a 45-year-old man, was arrested on a warrant for a previous assault charge, Dahl said. The confrontation began outside the library. After fleeing into the library's bathroom, the officer and the suspect got into a struggle near the entrance inside the library.
Dahl said the officer was treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and released.
There were people in the library at the time of the incident, but no one else was injured.
This was not the suspect's first confrontation with Brainerd police. Dahl said the man was arrested last year after an incident in which the suspect pulled a knife on a minister at a soup kitchen.
The suspect is being held in Crow Wing County Jail pending formal charges.
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