LANSING, Mich. — A Lansing police officer is recovering Wednesday after getting a broken bone trying to arrest a man.
Police were called to Redwood street to arrest a man with existing warrants. They say when they got here, he assaulted a police officer, resisted arrest, and barricaded himself inside a house.
"One of the officers was injured during that and required medical treatment for non-life-threatening, but serious injuries. Our officers at that time backed out of the residence and the male subject retreated back inside the house," Robert Merritt of the Lansing Police Department said.
The 26-year-old man wasn't alone in the house. Police say originally they weren't sure if he was armed or how many people were inside. Neighbors say it all happened quickly.
"All the cops coming down the street so I turned on my scanner and they said its the guy down there, the only house with a balcony, its a wooden balcony over there, and he got into a fight with a police officer. He threw him over the balcony and broke his leg and the bone came out," Cam Blunt said.
Neighbor Cam Blunt says police told them to avoid the area while they tried to reason with the man inside.
"I've lived in other cities other than Lansing so this isn't that crazy for me so, but for it to be in Lansing? That's wild."
Police say it took less than an hour for negotiators to convince the suspect to come out.
"It's a sad thing when you do have officers that get hurt. And it definitely pulls at your heart strings to make sure that they're going to recover and everything works out for them, but luckily nobody else was hurt in this and good negotiations brought it to a peaceful end," Merritt said.
Three people were arrested after the incident: one was the original man and two that were inside arrested for obstruction.
Police have not said what the original arrest warrants were for.
We'll keep you updated on the investigation.
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