CEDAR CITY – An Enoch police officer who was struck in the head with a baseball bat while responding to a domestic violence call is doing OK Tuesday after a late night hospital visit where he was treated for head injuries.
With the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act firmly in place, Enoch City Police Chief Jackson Ames said he is reluctant to discuss the particulars of his officer’s injuries, but wants the public to know that the officer is safe and resting at home.
Though he did not lose consciousness, the officer was transported to Valley View Medical Center, Ames said, where he was treated for head injuries and released within a few hours.
For now, the injured officer is on leave to give him time to heal, Ames said, and his shifts have been covered.
“He is doing OK,” Ames said. “I talked to him last night after he had gotten home with his family, and he was up and alert and walking around and, you know, doing what he needed to do.”
While police officers never know what situation they may be walking into when they respond to a call, Ames said, usually, they are able to talk to the person until they calm down.
“It can be crazy one minute and calm the next,” he said.
The incident occurred Monday night after the officer responded to a call that came in at 9:17 p.m. about a domestic fight in progress, according to the Police Department’s press release.
“Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the involved parties,” the release stated, “and shortly thereafter an Enoch Officer was hit in the head with a bat.”
Daniel Merrill Bott, the 37-year-old Enoch resident who allegedly struck the police officer, was taken into custody and booked into Iron County Jail at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Iron County Bookings.
According to the Iron County Bookings Web page, Bott was charged with assault against a peace officer, a second degree felony; domestic violence assault, a class A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a class B misdemeanor; and three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, class B misdemeanors.
There is no bail set as of 11:30 Tuesday morning, and Bott was still in custody at the jail.
Because the investigation is ongoing, Ames said, he is unable to elaborate on any additional details and referred all inquiries to the Iron County Attorney’s Office.
Iron County Attorney Scott Garrett said alcohol may have played a role in Monday night’s incident.
As part of protocol with any head injury, Garrett said, the injured officer will have a CAT scan done Tuesday to ensure that everything is OK.
Ames is strongly considering investing in football helmets for his officers to wear on calls like these – just in case, he said with humor, in light of Monday night’s incident.
“I told our guys,” he said, “I’m like, we all need to get football helmets now, so we can put our football helmets on before walking through the door.”
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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