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Two charged with assaults on law officers

Law enforcement officers were allegedly assaulted in two different incidents in Mitchell on May 12. According to court documents, Ruben Horned Eagle, 38, Mitchell, was cited for two assault charges for spitting in the face of a jail employee at a...

Law enforcement officers were allegedly assaulted in two different incidents in Mitchell on May 12.

According to court documents, Ruben Horned Eagle, 38, Mitchell, was cited for two assault charges for spitting in the face of a jail employee at approximately 4:17 a.m.

The report states the officer received spit in his eyes and mouth as a result of the incident.

Horned Eagle was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and assault by an adult prisoner in a county jail.

At approximately 7:55 p.m. that same day, two officers were attempting to move Jason Lee Carter, 39, Pierre, from Avera Queen of Peace Hospital to the jail for a mental hold.

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Court documents state a Mitchell public safety officer had one handcuff placed on Carter when Carter spun away from and then charged one of the officers.

"Carter is considerably larger in body size than both (officers)," the report states.

Carter was shot with a Taser in the incident, and an officer received several scratches to his arms.

Carter was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.

Assault on a law enforcement officer and assault by an adult prisoner while in jail are each Class 6 felonies punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

In January, Horned Eagle received a suspended two-year prison sentence for violating community safety zone restrictions as a sex offender. He was convicted of sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in Davison County in 1993.

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