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Struggle with suspect sends officer to hospital

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:24:47 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 27 2013 06:42:03 PM CDT
MILWAUKEE -

A Milwaukee police officer is out of the hospital after he was punched and kicked in the head by a suspect.

Officer Dwain Monteilh was treated for a broken eye socket and bleeding behind the eye. Police say Monteilh and another officer were patrolling a north side neighborhood Monday and approached two men acting suspiciously. Both fled as the officers tried to talk to them.

The officers caught up and struggled with the men. Police say one of the suspects tried to grab Monteilh's gun and struck and kicked him in the face.

A police spokesman tells WISN-TV Monteilh was released from the hospital.

Police Chief Ed Flynn praised the officers' restraint because they could have used deadly force against the suspect who was trying to grab Monteilh's gun.

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