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Portland officer hit with pipe sustained fractured skull

Officer Taylor Rethmeier was hospitalized after the arrest of Tsegay Abraha, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 5:28 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Court documents say a Portland police officer sustained a fractured skull after being hit with a pipe by a man he was trying to arrest.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Officer Taylor Rethmeier was hospitalized after the arrest of Tsegay Abraha, according to a probable cause affidavit.

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A Portland Police Bureau spokeswoman says Rethmeier has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.

According to the affidavit, a woman reported being hit on the arm with a metal pipe by Abraha Saturday evening. The strike left a large bruise.

Police say Rethmeier then encountered Abraha while responding to a report that Abraha was throwing rocks at cars.

Abraha remains in jail on accusations of assault, assaulting a public safety officer, and other charges.

It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

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