Connor Hersey in a 2015 file photo

Hartford and Woodstock officers injured in disturbance at a residence off Route 4


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WOODSTOCK - Woodstock and Hartford police officers were involved in a violent struggle with an intoxicated man at a residence just east of the Village late Saturday afternoon.

    Connor Hersey, 25, of Woodstock was eventually taken into custody and he is due in court Monday afternoon where police say he is expected to face three separate counts of assault upon law enforcement officers as well as one count each of assault upon a protected professional, assault with bodily fluids and resisting arrest.

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    The protracted incident began around 5:30 p.m. with what was initially reported as a family disturbance at a house next to Route 4 East.

    Woodstock Police Officer Jessica Ryan-Leblanc was the first to arrive and she immediately requested backup due to Hersey’s level of aggression, Woodstock Police reported.

    Hartford Police Officer Logan Scelza responded from the neighboring town and off-duty Woodstock Police Officer Jacob Holmes was called in from his residence.

    When the first two officers moved to place Hersey into “protective custody” due to his apparent intoxication Hersey “began to actively resist” by punching and kicking officers Ryan-Leblanc and Scelza multiple times, police reported.

    The pair were able to wrestle Hersey into custody as Holmes and several other Hartford police officers arrived to assist.

    “While attempting to get the accused into the back of a police cruiser to be transported he allegedly continued to actively resist, kicking at the officers, allegedly striking Officer Holmes in the face and allegedly spitting in Officer Holmes’ face twice,” Woodstock Police wrote.

    Although the assaults took place in Woodstock, police decided it was safer to take Hersey to the Hartford Police Station because that facility has a holding cell.  Once at the Hartford Police Department, Hersey began saying that he’d been injured and wanted to go to a hospital, police said, so he was transported to Mount Ascutney Hospital in Windsor and treated before he was taken down to the Springfield jail.

    Officers Ryan-Leblanc and Scelza also received medical treatment for their injuries.

    Back in 2015, when Hersey was a resident of Lebanon, New Hampshire, he was arrested several times, including on one occasion when he was discovered in the business center at the Woodstock Inn several hours after a court-ordered curfew, on charges that included simple assault, disorderly conduct, unlawful trespass and violations of pre-trial conditions that involved his allegedly drinking despite his “no alcohol” and curfew prohibitions.

Connor Hersey seen during a 2016 court appearance

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