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WOONSOCKET â€“ An 18-year-old city man faces a felony assault charge after he allegedly attacked a local police officer who was responding to a domestic incident at his home early Saturday.
Patrolman Mathew Bourgoin reported he and Patrolman Michael Martinsen responded to the disturbance at 75 West Park Place at 4:39 a.m. and found Devon McKenna in an apparent intoxicated state while yelling at family members inside their third floor apartment.
McKennaâ€™s mother reported her son had been yelling and acting in an aggressive manner while keeping everyone in the apartment up. He was also reported to have called family members derogatory names while refusing to calm down, according to Bourgoin.
While attempting to secure McKenna, Bourgoin took note of a number of possible weapons in the kitchen area of the apartment and also observed him to be tensing as if preparing to assault the policeman. As the subject began to swing in the direction of Bourgoinâ€™s face, the officer struck him in the face to deflect the move.
McKenna refused to calm down and next grabbed a large glass bowl off the table and swung it at the officer striking him behind the left ear. McKenna attempted to strike Bourgoin a second time and ended up flinging the bowl onto the kitchen counter where it shattered, according to the patrolman.
Bourgoin in turn used his pepper spray twice on the subject before he began to relent from his aggressive behavior. He was secured with the help of Martinsen and other responding department members, police said.
Bourgoin was transported to the hospital to be checked out for what appeared to be minor injuries. Martinsen was also checked out at the hospital, according to police.
McKenna was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon in a dwelling and simple assault and resisting arrest, police said. He was processed at the Police Station and held for arraignment before a bail commissioner, police said.