A Purcell city employee was treated at Purcell Municipal Hospital for injuries he received in an altercation at city hall just before noon last Thursday, September 29.
Police arrested 35-year-old Johnny Shawn of Purcell. He was booked into the McClain County Jail for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault and battery causing great bodily injury.
City treasurer Victor Lohn was the wounded employee. He was treated at the emergency room and released but sustained injuries to his face and left eye requiring stitches.
Police said the disturbance occurred inside the customer service area of city hall when Lohn walked into the lobby at the request of Shawn.
Shawn was reportedly upset about electric service to his residence.
Lohn was behind plexiglass in the front office of city hall talking with Shawn when Shawn asked him to step into the lobby.
Purcell Police officer Daniel Fumi said after watching video of the incident when Lohn stepped into the lobby Shawn immediately got into a fighting stance.
“The two made contact and Mr. Shawn threw strike after strike at Mr. Lohn,” Fumi’s report read.
Police officer Daniel Ashbridge reported the same thing after he observed the video that Shawn immediately went into a fighting stance.
“I saw Victor approach Johnny and them grab each other.
“I then saw Johnny push Victor into a corner and began to hit Victor multiple times. I then saw Johnny pull what appeared to be a knife from his right pocket,” Ashbridge said in his report about the incident.
Lohn was transported to the hospital by private vehicle, before being treated and released.
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