25-year-old man accused of injuring RPD officer in altercation

25-year-old Robert Behan is accused of interference with a peace officer, after he allegedly injured a Riverton Police Department officer.

According to court documents, on September 1st at 1:30 a.m. the RPD officer was on patrol in the neighborhood of N. 7th East and E. Lincoln in Riverton.

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He located and identified a male that he knew as Robert Behan, and knew that from a previous law enforcement incident, Behan had a Fremont County District Court warrant.

When the officer asked Behan to identify, he reportedly gave a false name and tried to leave the scene. The officer explained that Robert was not allowed to leave. At that point, Behan pushed the officer and tried to run past him.

The officer used an arm-bar technique to prevent Behan from leaving the scene. The two wrestled to the ground when ultimately the RPD officer was able to gain control of Behan by getting in a “full mount” position.

During the scuffle, another male subject tried to pull the officer off of Behan. The officer was able to control the unidentified male on the ground with his right hand, while the other hand was still on Behan.

After the officer had radioed for back-up, a second RPD officer said upon arrival, he observed both suspects on the ground attempting to resist arrest.

He also noted in court documents that he observed the officer to have a “large stream of blood running from his scalp and down the right side of his face, trickling from his chin.”

The injured Riverton Police officer was treated by County Deputies on the scene. He received a one-inch gash on the right side of his head.

Behan waived his preliminary hearing on September 11th and will be transferred to District Court. He’s charged with Interference of a Peace Officer.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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