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Middletown Police: Hartford Man Punched One Officer, Slapped Another

A Hartford man allegedly slapped an officer’s arm and punched another officer in the face because the officers requested he and a group of others quiet down, police said.

Lawrence Sheppard, 31, of Laurel Street, was charged with interfering with an officer, two counts of assault on public safety personnel and breach of peace.

Police responded to 11 Traverse Square for a noise complaint at about 2 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived they saw 10-12 people outside and asked them to keep the noise down, police said.

Sheppard asked police, “you [expletive] talking to me?” and when police asked him to step inside and just keep the noise down, Sheppard replied, “I know you ain’t [expletive] talking to me,” police said.

Police asked Sheppard to head inside again and instead Sheppard walked toward the officers with clenched fists, denying multiple requests by officers to step away, police said.

An officer put out his hand in a stop motion, at which time Sheppard “swung with an open hand” hitting the officer in the left arm. He then attacked another officer with a “closed hand right hook” to the left side of the officer’s neck and cheek, police said.

After striking the officers Sheppard attempted to run away and kept reaching into his right pocket. He was caught but continued to pull away from officers as they tried to pat him down and put him into the police car, police said.

Police found Sheppard had a box cutter in his right pocket, police said.

At the scene, Sheppard attempted to “get a rise out of the crowd of people watching.” Police said people in the crowd were observed displaying blood gang signs with their hands.

Sheppard was held in lieu of $100,000 bail and scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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