Officer Matthew Cammarn Attacked on S. 7th Street
April 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
East Precinct Officer Matthew Cammarn in expected to be released tonight from Vanderbilt University Medical Center following treatment for a head injury received after he was attacked while trying to make an arrest on S. 7th Street in the James Cayce public housing development.
The man Officer Cammarn was arresting, Brian Shannon, 22, of Meridian Street, is jailed tonight on charges of felony aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, evading arrest, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and drug possession.
A 17-year-old is also charged with aggravated assault on Officer Cammarn and evading arrest. He is being held at juvenile detention.
Just after 6 p.m. tonight, Officer Cammarn saw Shannon assault a woman on S. 7th Street near Sylvan Street. Officer Cammarn approached Shannon, who aggressively walked up to the officer. Cammarn told Shannon to put his hands behind his back and attempted to take him into custody. Shannon pulled away, grabbed Cammarn and pulled him to the ground. While actively fighting and swinging his fists at Officer Cammarn on the ground, other persons in a crowd pulled and pushed Cammarn in an effort to free Shannon. Others stood by recording the assault on their cell phones. Shannon got up and took off running to S. 6th Street, where he was taken into custody.
Officer Cammarn was named the MNPD’s 2015 Police Officer of the Year for saving the life of a 17-year-old gunshot victim on N. 8th Street.
Flex officers from the East and Central Precincts are maintaining a visible presence in the N. 7th Street area as Officer Cammarn was the second officer to be injured in that immediate area in as many days.
Officer Matthew Cammarn
Officer Cammarn was named the MNPD's 2015 Police Officer of the Year for saving the life of a 17-year-old gunshot victim on N. 8th Street.
Brian Shannon, 22