2 Lincoln officers, man injured during scuffle at police headquarters

Two Lincoln police officers and a 43-year-old man were injured early Tuesday in a scuffle after the man attempted to escape during an interview involving a burglary case.

The Lincoln man was taken into custody near 24th and U Streets late Monday night in connection with an April 5 copper theft at a vacant residence in the 2200 block of North 53rd Street, Lincoln Police Capt. Robert Farber said.

The man was being questioned at Lincoln police headquarters when an officer left an interview room and the man tried to escape, Farber said.

The man was confronted by an officer, who was punched in the face by the man. Another officer joined the struggle and the three men ended up on the floor.

The Lincoln man finally was tasered and placed in handcuffs.

The officers and the man were taken to a Lincoln hospital, where they were treated for cuts and minor injuries and later released.

The man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, making terroristic threats, felon in possession of a deadly weapon, use of a weapon to commit a felony, resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting an officer.

Officers were working to determine whether the man and any accomplices were involved in other burglaries.