Man faces three charges including battery on public safety official

Shane Allen

A Brookville man faces three charges – battery on a public safety official, a Level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor – after an incident that took place July 14 in Oldenburg.

About 2:47 a.m., Mike Tekulve contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Department to report that his son, Shane Allen, 26, had come to his (Tekulve's) home, 22165 Main St., Oldenburg, and was intoxicated and destroying the house and a vehicle outside, according to a probable cause affidavit written by FCSD Deputy Arin Bowers that was filed in Franklin Circuit Court July 15. Bowers, along with Batesville Police Officers Ethan Back and Travis Cook, responded to the scene.

When Batesville officers arrived at the residence, they observed a pool of blood on the concrete and a screen door partially broken off the house, as well as broken glass and blood all around the interior. Upon making contact with Allen, they noticed his arms and hands were coated in blood.

Back attempted to speak with Allen but was met with screaming. As Allen screamed, he projected spit onto the officers' faces. Allen had his arm raised and was aggressively jabbing his finger in Back's face.

The law enforcement officials each grabbed one of his arms, escorting him out of the house. When they made it to the front yard, they placed Allen on the ground and handcuffed him. Then Allen began to struggle, kicking and screaming obscenities.

Bowers arrived and assisted in holding Allen until EMS arrived. Allen also threatened the lives of the officers and their families.

Allen was transported to Margaret Mary Health to have his injuries examined and treated. Bowers remained at the scene to photograph the damages before going to the hospital. He observed broken glass and bloodstains in all but two rooms. Outside, he discovered a vehicle with extensive damage to the passenger side door. Tekulve stated he had watched Allen kick the door.

While at MMH, Cook and Bowers discovered Allen's blood on their arms from struggling with him on the ground. They had their blood drawn due to the risk of bloodborne pathogens. Back also had his drawn because Allen had spat on his face.

Then Allen was transported to the Franklin County Security Center, Brookville.

An initial hearing was held July 16 before Judge Clay Kellerman, who required a $5,000 cash bond.

The judge also issued a no contact order. If released from jail, Allen was ordered to have no contact with Tekulve or his Oldenburg residence.

After a Sept. 19 pretrial conference, a jury trial has been set for Nov. 20.

Franklin County Prosecutor Chris Huerkamp reported late July 19, "As of this morning, Mr. Allen remains in jail following his arrest."

He said, "I may seek additional charges upon completion of the investigation. I am still waiting on reports from some of the other officers that responded to the scene. However, a criminal charge is merely and accusation and Mr. Allen is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."

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