Man accused of battery against officer during domestic call

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – A man was arrested after he allegedly kicked and hit an officer multiple times when police were called for a possible domestic situation, according to the probable cause affidavit.

On May 30, the Mishawaka Police Department was called to the 4500 block of N. Hickory Road for a possible domestic violence incident.

When officers arrived, they reported hearing a distressed female voice coming from inside the home.

The woman was heard crying and yelling “ow,” according to reports.

When officers knocked on the door and identified themselves, the woman inside allegedly yelled “help me.”  

As officers opened the door, a man, later identified as Jaden Herring, clinched his fists, flexed his arms, and yelled, “what you gonna do bro,” reports said.

An officer secured Herring’s wrists to avoid being struck.

Herring allegedly resisted by pulling his arms away and trying to back the officer against a wall.

Herring then tried to retreat back into the apartment, reports said.

About 30 seconds later, Herring walked out of the apartment with his hands up.

As an officer tried to put Herring into a police car, Herring allegedly kicked and struck the officer multiple times with his feet. 

Inside the police car, Herring continued to kick at the car’s windows until his legs were secured, according to reports.

Another officer spoke with the woman at the scene, who said Herring had been drinking all day and had started to act erratic.

The woman said Herring destroyed the apartment and had thrown items all over the apartment but hadn’t hit her, reports said.

The officer didn’t see any marks on the woman.

Herring was charged with one count of battery against a public safety official.

His initial hearing is set for June 10.

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