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Norwalk man fights officers trying to help woman

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jul 19, 2018 at 5:09 PM

A man was arrested in the early morning hours Thursday after trying to fight officers attempting to enter a house to help a woman in need of medical attention. 

The Norwalk Police Department received a report of four suspicious people in a parking lot on West Elm Street at about 2:56 a.m. The caller said they appeared to be intoxicated and were leaning on people's vehicles, police said.

Shortly thereafter, officers saw several of the subjects enter the rear door of 77 W. Elm St. When officers approached the home to do a brief investigation, they saw through one of the home’s windows an unresponsive woman lying on the floor, police said. The officers noted she appeared to be having a medical emergency and asked the people standing around to open the door. 

When officers were unable to get anyone to open the door, they had to force an entry to check on the woman’s welfare. However, a man tried to stop them, police said.

Ab­sa­lom T. Shupe, 22, of Nor­walk, engaged officers in a physical altercation after they made entry into the house, police said.

Shupe was arrested after a brief altercation and was later booked in the Huron County Jail on charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

The un­re­spon­sive woman was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment by North Central EMS. A second woman was also transported to the hospital, at her own request, to be evaluated.

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