Friday, December 7, 2018

Girardville Police Officer Assaulted by Ashland Man

An Ashland man is facing charges after assaulting a Girardville Police Officer earlier this week.


According to Girardville Police, on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 around 11:55pm, Girardville Police Officer Matthew Williams pulled over Brian Maurer, 52, of Ashland for a traffic violation.

When Williams approached the vehicle, Maurer became very agitated and his hands were shaking.

Williams feared Maurer had a weapon, and when he asked him if he had a weapon on him or in the vehicle, Maurer opened the car door and struck Williams with it.

Williams told Maurer he was under arrest for harassment, and was able to restrain his right wrist when Maurer began to struggle and resist.

Williams warned, drew, and fired his taser weapon firing one shot disabling Maurer to take him into custody.

While Williams attempting to place Maurer into the police vehicle, he continued resisting forcing Williams to draw his taser again.

Backup officers from Ashland, Shenandoah, and Mahanoy City arrived to assist and Maurer was taken into custody.

Maurer is charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, harassment, and traffic violations.

Maurer was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Anthony Kilker and committed to Schuylkill County Prison and later released on 10% of $25,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 12, 2018.

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