Lawrence police officer injured during altercation at Treatment and Recovery Center; suspect charged with multiple crimes

photo by: Lawrence Police Department

Screenshots from a video released by Lawrence police of a man allegedly attacking a police officer on July 12, 2023, at the Treatment and Recovery Center, 1000 W. Second St. The image on the left shows the man fighting with the officer, and the image on the right shows the two after the officer deployed his stun gun.

A Lawrence police officer was taken to an area hospital on Wednesday after an altercation at the Treatment and Recovery Center, and a suspect has been charged with multiple crimes.

The Lawrence Police Department released a short video of the incident on social media Thursday morning that shows an officer interacting with a man just outside an entrance to the recently opened Treatment and Recovery Center, 1000 W. Second St.

The video shows the man arguing with staff at the center before a police officer intervenes. The officer attempts to detain the man, but the man resists and punches the officer multiple times in the head and body. The officer then deploys a stun gun and takes the man to the ground.

According to the post, the officer was taken to the hospital with injuries that will “keep him at home for a short time.” The man who was fighting the officer was taken to the hospital for injuries related to the stun gun, then was taken to the Douglas County Jail.

Sean Edwards Hall, 34, of Lawrence, was booked into the jail just before 3 p.m. Wednesday. He is charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of battery on a law enforcement officer, one misdemeanor count of battery on another man and one misdemeanor count of interference with law enforcement. He is scheduled to make a first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.

Below is a video of the altercation that the Lawrence Police Department posted on social media.

Lawrence Police Department


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