Kirksville man charged with assaulting two police officers

Shane Mullen, 30, of Kirksville, is facing charges of methamphetamine possession and resisting arrest in addition the the two assault charges. (Adair County Sheriff's Office)

A northeast Missouri man is jailed, accused of assaulting two Kirksville police officers during his arrest.

The incident happened just before noon on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Kirksville Walmart.

The suspect is Shane Mullen, 30, of Kirksville.

He is now charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest and two counts of Third-Degree Assault on a Special Victim, in this case, two police officers.

Court documents state the two officers were at the store for an unrelated shoplifting call when they noticed a parked car with two people in it move from one parking space to another.

One of the officers approached Mullen as he got out of the car. Court papers state that Mullen lied to police, telling them is name was “Andrew” and giving them an incorrect birthdate.

As Mullen fumbled with his wallet, police saw a Missouri ID card, which he handed to the officer.

The card confirmed that "Andrew" was actually Shane Mullen.

The officer then told Mullen he was being detained and ordered him to turn around and place his hands behind his back.

Mullen then ran away from the arresting officer toward the second officer. According to court documents, the suspect then pushed her, causing her to fall on the ground.

The first officer then ran up behind Mullen, grabbed him by the collar of his jacket and forced him to the ground.

Investigators say while Mullen was on his back, he reached into his front pant pocket and took out two bags of a white crystal substance.

The substance later field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Prior to his arrest, Mullen was wanted on a Kirksville municipal warrant for Stealing and a Probation and Parole Violation warrant for his arrest.

In court on Wedneday, Mullen's request for bond reduction was denied.

He remains in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center with bond set at $10,000 cash only.

His preliminary hearing is set for January 24, 2018.

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