The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 11, 2013

Waseca man charged in assault of police officer

By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer

MANKATO — A Waseca man who was taken to the hospital in Mankato after being knocked unconscious by a police stun gun was arrested Wednesday morning for an Emergency Room assault.

Mankato police were called to the hospital at about 1:10 a.m. by a social worker who reported a Waseca police officer had been attacked. Hospital security officers had 50-year-old Jimmie Julius Herman handcuffed and lying face down on the floor.

The Waseca officer, John McGuire, reported Herman had been confronted by police at a bar in his city. During the confrontation, Herman was shot with a stun gun by another officer because he was assaulting McGuire, according to a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court.

After being stunned, Herman fell to the ground in the bar and became unresponsive. An ambulance was called and the decision was made to bring Herman to Mankato for treatment. McGuire told Mankato officers he was assigned to follow Herman’s ambulance. He had to make sure Herman remained in custody if he was released from the hospital.

Herman was discharged, so McGuire approached him while he was getting dressed. McGuire said Herman wasn’t showing any signs of being agitated any longer, so he wasn’t prepared to have to defend himself. When McGuire walked up to talk to Herman, he was punched in the face without any warning, the complaint said.

McGuire was knocked to the ground by the blow. His tooth was chipped and his face was swollen, officer Gary Schnorenberg of the Mankato Department of Public Safety reported.

“Officer McGuire stated the punch caught him completely off guard and that he was seeing stars and the room started to spin,” the complaint said.

Corey Pudil, a hospital security guard, was standing in the doorway to Herman’s room when the alleged assault happened. He told officers he ran into the room and grabbed Herman to stop the attack on McGuire. Pudil said Herman grabbed him by the throat. Schnorenberg said there were scratches and red marks on Pudil’s neck and face when he arrived.

Herman continued to fight with local police officers and Lt. Jeff Wersal of the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department as they arrived at the hospital to help. A “spit hood” was placed over Herman’s head as the officers lifted him from the floor and attempted to put him in a wheelchair. Wersal delivered a “knee strike” to Herman to get him to sit down so he could be wheeled to a squad car.

Herman threatened to kill Wersal as he was being rolled out, the complaint said.

Two Emergency Room nurses witnessed the initial assaults of McGuire and Pudil. When they were interviewed by Mankato police, they gave the same description of what happened as McGuire and Pudil.

Herman appeared Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court Thursday for felony charges of third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and making terroristic threats.