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Indiana police officers hospitalized after being doused with bleach

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ANDERSON — Two Anderson police officers were injured Sunday when bleach was thrown on them as they were called to help a woman who was trying to move personal belongings from a residence.

APD spokesman Major Joel Sandefur, who declined to name the officers, said four unidentified people were arrested in the incident and likely will be charged with disorderly conduct and battery on a police officer.

“When the officers made entry to the residence, the people who were arrested threw bleach on them,” he said.

The officers accompanied a woman about 4 p.m. to the 2700 block of Columbus Avenue in an effort to help her remove her belongings from the duplex, Sandefur said.

At one point, one of the parties became violent and slammed the front door shut, he said. The officers were attacked when they gained entry.

The officers were taken to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital where one officer was released within a couple of hours. Another was kept longer because of continued burning to the eyes.

Missy Smith, who lives across the street from the residence, said she came outside to see what was going on as soon as she heard police vehicles come down the street.

“At first, we thought it was a drug bust or something, with the number of cop cars here,” she said.

Smith said she saw three people, two women and a man, arrested and possibly two children removed from the home. One of the women was handcuffed and taken away in an ambulance, she said.

“They were trying to fight in front of the police,” she said.

Smith said she saw pepper spray being used on the man.

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