“There are some bad neighbors around here, but I didn’t think he was one,” another female neighbor said. “This shows that you never know.”
German had two resisting arrest charges in the Cincinnati area on his criminal record prior to Wednesday night. He said his father and brother were former police officers and he had worked as a security guard.
But on Wednesday evening, German, who allegedly was involved in a hit-skip crash, was caught on video repeatedly striking Middletown police officer Jason Deaton in the face after being pulled over.
Deaton, who suffered serious facial injuries, was released Wednesday night from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, but officials said he will require reconstructive surgery.
Photos from the scene show blood dripping down the officer’s face.
Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Deaton was dispatched to the intersection of Grand Avenue and Breiel Boulevard on the report of a hit-and-run accident involving a blue van.
Deaton located the van and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Aberdeen Drive and Central Avenue, said police Officer Tim Meehan.
Lt. Walter Scott Reeve said a struggle ensued when Deaton tried to take the driver, identified as German, into custody.
Deaton unsuccessfully attempted to use his Taser on German, who at about 6 foot 2 inches tall and 240 pounds, is much larger than Deaton, Reeve said.
The struggle continued until Officer Malcolm Tipton arrived on the scene and deployed his Taser and was able to take German into custody, Reeve said.