05/29/2007

Penn. officer assaulted after calling for backup

The Associated Press

CRAFTON, Penn. — A police officer was beaten unconscious moments after he called for backup while patrolling near a municipal ball field.

Borough Officer Timothy Harvison called for help about 1 a.m. Tuesday, but he did not respond when dispatchers radioed back, police said. When other officers arrived, they found him beaten and unconscious near a concession stand.

Harvison suffered a concussion, bruises and cuts and was being held for observation at Allegheny General Hospital, Crafton police said in a statement Tuesday.

Crafton police Capt. Mark Sumpter said investigators planned to download video from a camera inside Harvison's car to see if it shows what happened.

Harvison has been a borough police officer for five years.

 

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