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Police: Schenectady man injures officer during domestic violence arrest

Police: Schenectady man injures officer during domestic violence arrest

He was also wanted for absconding from parole, records show
Police: Schenectady man injures officer during domestic violence arrest
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SCHENECTADY - A city man injured a police officer as the officer attempted to arrest him in a domestic violence case, authorities said.

The officer, identified as officer Jeremy Liggett, suffered a bloody nose and cuts to his hand, elbow and knee, according to police allegations filed in court.

Shawn E. Harris, 28, of Fourth Avenue, was arrested after the Friday incident and charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and multiple misdemeanors related to allegations in the underlying incident.

In the underlying incident, Harris faces misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and child endangerment.

Harris was arraigned and ordered held without bail. He also has a hold from state parole from a prior conviction, officials said. He is due back in court Thursday.

Harris is accused of throwing a knife in the direction of a room occupied by a woman and two young children just after 6 p.m. Friday at a State Street apartment, according to the allegations.

Harris is accused of grabbing a 3-year-old child by the neck and slamming the child against the wall and then throwing the child onto the floor during a domestic dispute with the child's mother, according to the allegations. No physical injuries to the child are referenced in the allegations filed.

Harris is then accused of struggling with arriving officers as they attempted to take Harris into custody, according to the allegations. He allegedly elbowed Liggett in the face, injuring the officer's nose, and the struggle resulted in the other cuts to the officer.

Harris also faces a violation harassment count, accused of spitting on another officer as the officer attempted to transport Harris, according to the allegations.

In addition, Harris faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, accused of throwing a plastic bottle and breaking a window in an earlier incident Sept. 22 at the Scottish Chalet in another domestic incident.

Harris' prior conviction relates to a January 2016 bank robbery at the Key Bank on Eastern Parkway, records show, where he was accused of passing a note to the teller. No weapon was displayed. The robbery disposed of a pack of $20 bills in a nearby parking lot after a dye pack exploded.

Harris received two to four years in state prison in the robbery case and he was expected to continue under supervision until December 2020, records show. His parole status was listed Monday as absconded.

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