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Man arrested after attempting to disarm deputy


Mugshot of Joseph Jamros

Joseph Jamros, a resident of Windemere Township in Pine County, was arrested on May 9 when he assaulted officers and attempted to grab one of their firearms while they were performing a welfare check.

Jamros has been charged with Terroristic Threats and Attempt to Disarm a Peace Officer, both of which are felonies which bear a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. He was also charged with gross misdemeanor Assault in the Fourth Degree and misdemeanor Fifth Degree Assault.

He appeared in court on May 10 for a bail hearing. The judge set bail at $100,000, with no conditions, and $50,000 with the conditions of no drug or alcohol use, to remain law abiding, to submit to random chemical use assessments, and no assaultive behavior. He is next scheduled to appear in court on May 17 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Pine County Sheriff's deputies responded to Jamros' home for a welfare check. Jamros refused to speak with deputies and attempted to close the door. A deputy stopped him by putting his foot in the doorway while Jamros tried to ram the door shut with his shoulder. When Jamros was unsuccessful, he opened the door, grabbed the deputy, and pulled him inside where he attempted to grab the deputy's sidearm.

The complaint states another deputy was also on scene. A struggle ensued during which Jamros continued to try to take the deputy's sidearm as well as trying to bite both deputies. When he was finally restrained, Jamros said he would "kill everyone that showed up" at his house and would put shotguns behind every door to kill any officers.

According to deputies, Jamros continued to threaten and resist arrest, telling the first deputy he was going to enjoy killing him. He repeatedly hit his head against the squad's divider and kicked it hard enough that the deputy was afraid it would break.

The complaint states that once at the jail, Jamros was momentarily calm before he became violent once more, attempted to bite a jailor, and charged at the assistant jail administrator. Jamros was eventually secured in a restraint chair with a spit mask.

Jamros has felony charges still pending in a 2018 case in which he threatened to kill a man, totaled his vehicle, and assaulted officers. That matter is currently scheduled for a jury trial on July 8.


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