February 29, 2016 at around 1:30 A.M. a routine traffic stop of a vehicle by Officers Jeanette Giganti and Douglas Taddeo found the operator to be suspended. It turned ugly when one passenger in the back seat of the vehicle ran from the vehicle without warning and discarded what Officers believed to be contraband.
When the Officers attempted to stop the subject who had run and tossed the substance a fight ensued causing a call for back up to be initiated. Officer Ryan Nelson responded to the call but was involved in a one car motor vehicle accident that caused him injury and disabled his vehicle approximately half a mile from the Officers requesting assistance.
Officer Nelson ran the half mile injured to assist the other two officers and get the situation under control. The event ended when Brandon Watson, 34 was arrested. He was charged with first and second degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana more than ten grams and possession of PCP.
According to an update prepared by Sgt S. Persuhn of the Aberdeen Police Department
UPDATE 8:35 a.m. – Injured Officers Involved:
Officer First Class Jeanette Giganti – released from Harford Memorial Hospital
Officer Douglas Taddeo – released from Harford Memorial Hospital
UPDATE 1210hrs: Officer Nelson has been released from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma and is resting at home.
The suspect was treated and released into Police Custody:
The operator of the vehicle was charged with violations.
Officer Nelson deserves a great deal of recognition for his dedication in these days for his commitment to his family in blue. Running half a mile, after being involved in a motor vehicle accident is no easy feat. Doing it injured is remarkable. Assisting in an arrest after is Sheepdog material.