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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Officer Injured During Arrest

On Saturday, June 20, 2009, at approximately 12:48 am, several Officers from the Amherst Police Department responded to an apartment complex in South Amherst for a reported disturbance. Officers discovered that the disturbance involved Benjamin Branch and a 26-year-old Amherst woman. The ensuing investigation revealed that Branch had assaulted her. (The woman's name is being withheld due to the disturbance being domestic in nature.) While Officers were arresting Branch, he became combative, requiring three Officers to subdue him. One of the arresting Officers was injured, a bone was broken in his hand, requiring him to be treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He has since been released from CDH. Branch is expected to be arraigned Monday at the Eastern Hampshire District Court.

Benjamin Branch
81 Belchertown Road #77
Amherst, MA
Age 31

Charges: Assault & Battery, Resisting Arrest, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer

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