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Police officers injured while arresting violent man

MASON CITY – A man once accused of attempted murder was allegedly beating a woman Wednesday night when he decided to take on multiple police officers.

Mason City police told NIT that on the evening of March 17 at about 11:00 PM, officers were dispatched to an assault in progress in the 928 8th Street NE.

“Officers arrived to find a male apparently assaulting a female,” an MCPD spokesman said. As officers then attempted to intervene, Smith apparently decided to turn his wrath from the alleged female victim to police.

“As officers intervened, the defendant, 29-year-old Lewis James Smith, punched one of the officers in the face before the officers were able to subdue him,” the spokesman elaborated. “Smith resisted arrest and the officers suffered minor injuries from the assault and or resistance.”

Smith was finally cuffed and taken to the county jail. He was charged with assault on a peace officer and interference with official acts.

However, no domestic abuse nor assault charge was filed after the alleged attack on the female subject.

“The female claims she was not injured and did not want to pursue charges,” police said.

Smith will face a preliminary hearing on March 27.

Smith was charged with attempted murder 11 years ago, in March of 2004. His victim had been knifed, and suffered cuts all over his body. A jury later convicted him in 2005 of felony willful injury and assault. He spent less than two years in a Fort Dodge prison out of his ten year sentence.

Smith, Lewis James
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