(KMOV)—A Jefferson County Police Officer was assaulted during a prisoner transport by a prisoner on board.
On July 29th around 11:49a.m., authorities say police were called to John McKeever Rd and Rolling Stone to assist an officer in need.
The officer was assigned to pick up one prisoner for transport in St. Charles County for a court appearance and proceeded to pick up another one in Eureka.
Since there was only one officer on duty, the officer parked the van in a secured caged in area and left the one prisoner to retrieve the other.
According to authorities, the first prisoner allegedly broke free from restrains and took a pocket knife and a pack of cigarettes from the driver’s sun visor.
After leaving the Eureka police station, the officer noticed the missing items from the visor.
The officer then pulled off the road and removed the believed to be armed prisoner from the van to search him.
The prisoner struck the officer in the head with their unsecured hand in a cast after the officer began to search the prisoner.
As the officer and prisoner begin to fight over control, a witness stopped to help the officer restrain the prisoner until more officers arrived at the scene.
The prisoner was transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The officer was taken to an urgent care facility for examination.
This incident will be reviewed by the prosecutor’s office to see if charges will be filed.