Two Eau Claire police officers injured during domestic disturbance fracas

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) — An Eau Claire police officer suffered a concussion and other injuries and another officer, a hand injury, during the arrest of a man 34-year-old man during a domestic disturbance, according to a police report.

Officers responding to a domestic disturbance call at a residence on Eau Claire’s South Side found an intoxicated Steven W. Bruns III at his ex-girlfriend’s residence, the report said.

Bruns, who also had a warrant out of Minnesota, refused to leave. After officers handcuffed him, he still refused to cooperate and had to be escorted to a squad car, where he refused to get in and started screaming at officers, according to the report.

Bruns kneed and kicked an officer in the groin, causing the officer to fall forward into the car, the report said. He then began bicycle-kicking the officer in the face, hitting him several times in rapid succession.

Disoriented and bleeding, the officer tried to deploy his Taser but was unsuccessful. When Bruns was secured in the squad car, he slammed his own head into the Plexiglas partition, causing a laceration.

EMS responded and took Bruns to a hospital for medical clearance. He continued his aggressive behavior at the hospital, and eventually was taken to jail in an ambulance with an ECPD escort.

The officer suffered a broken nose, concussion and injury to an eye socket. Another officer suffered a hand injury during the altercation.

Bruns was arrested on counts of battery to a law enforcement officer as a repeater, resisting an officer and causing substantial bodily harm to an officer as a repeater; misdemeanor bail jumping, repeater; domestic disorderly conduct, repeater; probation hold, and the Minnesota warrant.

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