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Police say man 'sucker punched' courthouse security officer in Michigan City

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A man was arrested after allegedly attacking two courthouse security officers in Michigan City.

The suspect, unprovoked, "sucker punched" a security officer in the nose as soon as he walked through the front doors of the courthouse, according to La Porte County police Chief Deputy Ron Heeg.

''The gentleman just walked in and walked up to our courthouse security and began physically attacking them,'' said Heeg.

The two officers were taken to the hospital. The extent of injuries is not known at this time.

Heeg said the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Joshua Duncan, was not found with any weapons.

The following release was issued by La Porte County police:

At approx. 11:30 am this morning, Courthouse security Deputies Jon Keene and Aaron King were physically attacked by in individual who was later identified at Joshua Duncan, a 37 yoa black male from Michigan City.

At approx. 11:30 am, Joshua Duncan walked into the courthouse and as he entered the security check point, he without provocation or warning “sucker” punched Deputy Keene in the nose. He then turned toward Deputy King and began physically assaulting Deputy King. Deputy Keene drew his issued taser, deploying it on Mr. Duncan. as the fight continued, both deputies were eventually able to gain control of and handcuff Mr. Duncan.

With the assistance of the Michigan City Police Department, Mr. Duncan was transported to the LaPorte County Jail, where he is being held on two preliminary counts of Level 5 felony battery of a law enforcement officer.

Deputies Keene and King were transported to Franciscan Hospital Michigan City for their injuries. Deputy Keene suffered a severe nose injury and Deputy King suffered minor scratches to his arms.

At this time, it’s unknown as to any motive, or as to why Mr. Duncan attacked these deputies.

Sheriff John T. Boyd wishes to commend both deputies for their quick action and resolve, to take Duncan into custody even though they were injured, thus preventing any harm to the other county employees or citizens that were in the courthouse at the time of this incident.

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